PawPAC, alongside other organizations, sent a letter to California governor Gavin Newsom and California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris to urge them to end wildlife trade and imports in the state of California in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The group requests the state “ban the sale and importation of wildlife and non-native species — specifically birds, amphibians and reptiles — in the state of California for human consumption.” Because wildlife markets are the supposed source of the coronavirus pandemic, the group is urging the end of wildlife trade in the state to help eliminate “live food markets.”

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The letter includes animal rights groups signatories including Action for Animals, Animal Save Movement, The Center for Biological Diversity and Farm Sanctuary, among others.

Multiple experts and scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have called for the ban of wildlife markets on an international scale. Over 200 organizations sent a signed letter to the United Nations in early April urging the organization to close wildlife markets around the globe, citing public health as a main concern.

“We commend Governor Newsom’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in California. Given the undeniable link between infectious diseases in humans and their transmission through wildlife, we’re calling on him to use his authority as Governor to bring an immediate end to the commercial wildlife trade in California. We can help prevent future pandemics by protecting people from diseases originating in wild animals, and by protecting wild animals from being cruelly farmed or poached and sold for human consumption,” said Ben Williamson, U.S. Director of World Animal Protection, in an emailed statement.

PawPAC Chair René Rowland said in an emailed statement, “With public health now teetering on the threat of the next global crisis, now is the time for California to take action to end the practice of selling living animals for food right here at home. Let’s remove the possibility of California becoming the next pandemic epicenter, and in so doing we’ll raise our humane standards, boost biodiversity and even offset the effects of climate change that stem from species destruction and trafficked wildlife.”

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Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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