Most people know that there is strong evidence for the hypothesis that COVID-19 originated in bats, pangolins, or another type of animal. Since they found evidence of Coronavirus infecting these species, other animals, such as mink, have also been affected by the virus. However, Coronavirus is not the first disease of this kind. Ebola, SARS, and Bird Flu, are just a few of the many zoonotic diseases, that is, diseases that are spread between animals and humans.
As humans and animals come in contact more due to people encroaching on animals’ habitats and consuming animal products, more zoonotic diseases will spread. There are still many wet markets around the world, including in the U.S. Luckily, more places are taking action that will both help animals and protect humans from the diseases that certain animals may carry. For example, Vietnam recently banned wildlife trade to prevent future pandemics!
Now there is a bill in California that would ban wildlife trade and trophy hunting imports to protect endangered species and prevent future pandemics like COVID. The bill will “immediately suspend any authorization to import a wild animal species into the state when the evidence suggests zoonotic transmission from this species, or a closely related species, could be responsible for a novel, readily transmissible human disease in order to protect the public health.” It passed the first committee in May and is on its way to the Governor. Sign this petition to support California’s effort to protect endangered species from extinction and humans from the diseases they may carry!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Shut Down Illegal Online Wildlife Trade!
- Put an end to the trade of pangolins in Nigeria
- Ban Live Animal Markets in the U.S.
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