Ban live wildlife markets and trade!

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support the Preventing Future Pandemics Act, H.R. 151 and S. 37, which will ban the import, export an sale in the U.S. of certain live wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians for the primary purpose of human consumption. Without a permanent ban on live wildlife trade for human consumption and strict enforcement put in place, the development and spread of deadly zoonotic diseases is likely to occur again.

The current spread of COVID-19 is heartbreaking and tragic. This pandemic alone has killed over a million people, sickened millions more, and trigged an economic crisis--all of which will be felt for years to come. Markets trading and slaughtering live wildlife for meat have been the source of previous coronavirus pandemics, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and one such market in Wuhan, China that sold at least 75 species of wild animals is understood to be the likely source of human exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Live wildlife markets and the associated trade create the perfect environment for zoonotic diseases to mutate, propagate and spread to humans due to the large number of species and animals contained in cramped, filthy conditions in close proximity to humans. These conditions cause extreme stress, vastly increasing the potential for animals to shed and transmit viruses over extended periods--a danger that is exacerbated by on-site slaughter or onward sales and distribution of the live animals.

Critically, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act not only shuts down live wildlife markets and the associated trade in the U.S., but it is also a pivotal application of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's One Health paradigm globally to address the international complexity of emerging disease threats by facilitating an integrated approach to human health, animal health, agriculture and ecosystem protection through critical USAID, USFWS and other programs. The Preventing Future Pandemics Act makes significant strides in establishing a new approach around our treatment, exploitation and interactions with wild animals to avoid further mutation of the coronavirus or another pandemic like COVID-19.

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