United States: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Shut Down Commercial Wildlife Markets
This action is for US residents only.
Wild animals sold in commercial wildlife markets endure extreme stress and unsanitary conditions before being slaughtered. Live markets concentrate a diversity of animals into small spaces, packing and stacking them on top of one another, creating a breeding ground for deadly pathogens. The Preventing Future Pandemics Act (H.R. 151) aims to shut down these dangerous and cruel markets.
The bill directs the State Department to work to shut down commercial wildlife markets and associated wildlife trade, prohibits the import, export, and sale of live wild animals for human consumption in the United States, and funds programs to phase out the demand for wildlife as a food source.
As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, our continued exploitation of animals and our environment is fueling the next pandemic. Shutting down commercial wildlife markets — and the international wildlife trade — is critical both to reducing the risk of novel zoonotic disease and animal suffering.
Please urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the Preventing Future Pandemics Act. If your legislator is already a sponsor (see if yours is a co-sponsor), a thank you email will be generated instead. You will have the opportunity to review the text of the email before sending.
- Call your legislator if they are not already a co-sponsor (see above to find out). Phone calls have much more impact than emails. If you’re able to make a phone call, please do so. You can use this message: “I’m calling to ask my legislator to co-sponsor the Preventing Future Pandemics Act to shut down commercial wildlife markets and help stop the next pandemic.”
- After calling, please send a follow-up email using the form below. Personalizing your message will help it stand out.
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