Bipartisan Group of United States Members of Congress Urges Three Major Intergovernmental Organizations to Ban All Live Wildlife Markets and Wildlife Trade!
Recently, Social Compassion in Legislation sent out an email alert urging leaders and the media to accurately report the true source of Covid-19, animal agriculture and wildlife trade.
For decades, conservationists and animal rights organizations have argued for a global ban of live animal ("wet") markets and trade in wildlife. Sadly, governments around the world ignored those calls to action and today the world is suffering through a deadly pandemic, destroying human lives and economies.
In an extraordinary move, the drumbeat for such action was amplified yesterday when a bipartisan group of 66 U.S. Members of Congress joined in that call. Lead by Senators Cory Booker and Lindsay Graham and Representatives Mike Quigley and Michael McCaul implored the Directors General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) "to take aggressive action toward a global shut down of live wildlife markets and a ban on the international trade of live wildlife that is not intended for conservation purposes."
We applaud their bold and unprecedented action and look forward to the next steps in history, bringing pandemics such as Covid-19 to an end.
is a link to the letter.