Name: Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act
Bill Number: S 3759
A new bipartisan bill addresses the COVID-19 pandemic with a proposal to end the sale of high-risk wildlife species in live animal markets for human consumption around the globe. The Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act, S 3759, targets wildlife markets that present a direct threat of the spread of zoonotic disease to humans.
The bill embraces a “One Health” approach to the problem. As defined in the bill, One Health means “a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to achieving optimal health outcomes that recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.” This approach clearly includes the welfare of animals and animal habitats in its consideration of ways to prevent the spread of disease from animals to humans.
This bill calls for cooperative efforts for the immediate and permanent closure of high-risk wildlife markets, including multiple U.S. agencies—the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others—as well as agencies from other governments and organizations worldwide.
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Support the closure of high-risk live wildlife markets around the world
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing to ask your support for S 3759, the Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill would end the sale of high-risk wildlife species in live animal markets for human consumption around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on humans and animals. In addition to the obvious impact and disruption the virus has had on our daily lives, the spread of this virus has the potential to negatively impact animals in the wild and in captivity. Live wildlife markets present a direct threat of the spread of zoonotic disease to humans. This bill takes a direct approach to ending the threat.This bill embraces a "One Health" approach, meaning "a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to achieving optimal health outcomes that recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment." This holistic approach to a serious health problem offers proactive, specific and pragmatic recommendations for preventing future pandemics.In recognizing the critical role live wild animal markets play in the spread of disease from animals to humans, it is necessary to take action to address this issue on a global scale. Please give your full support to the passage of this bill.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]