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Virtual Lobby Day: Preventing Future Pandemics Act
Deadly diseases like COVID-19 can emerge from live animal markets, which remain threats to global public health. It’s critical that the U.S. take action now to safeguard animals and people alike from future outbreaks.

The Preventing Future Pandemics Act is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) and Fred Upton (R-MI-6), which calls for global action to end the trade in live wildlife for human consumption; provides support to help interested communities that depend on wildlife for subsistence transition to safe and sustainable alternative proteins; and increases investment in U.S.-led anti-wildlife trafficking efforts. It will also end the U.S. import, export, and sale of most live wild animals intended for human consumption as food or medicine.

This discussion will cover how this bipartisan collaboration came together, what’s included in the legislation--and why it matters. Following the session, IFAW will coordinate online constituent meetings for you with your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative so that you have the opportunity to demonstrate support for this critical legislation to protect global health, lives, and livelihoods. IFAW will be joined by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and Right to Health Action in hosting this special event.

Feb 23, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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