I watched a segment with Dr. Fauci where he was asked about wildlife markets (sometimes called wet markets), this is what he said:
"I think they should shut down those things right away. It boggles my mind how when we have so many diseases that emanate out of the unusual human-animal interface that we don't just shut it down. I don't know what else has to happen to get us to appreciate that."
I have a lot of respect for Dr. Fauci and think he is a trusted public servant. Please watch the Vox Video above and learn about the connection between wildlife markets and COVID-19. Please help me hire a lobbyist to push for a ban on wet markets.
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About wildlife markets (also known as "wet" markets)
Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics. Until these markets are banned, more diseases are likely to emerge.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the acting executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said countries should move to prevent future pandemics by banning markets that sell live and dead animals for human consumption. She said that more than 70% of human diseases are from wildlife and the wet markets are often linked to the transmission of zoonotic viral infections.
While these markets provide some benefit for food security and give low-income communities more opportunity, the costs to global health far outweigh the benefit.
Lobbyists for this issue push US lawmakers to take the lead on calling for an international ban on wildlife markets. They will do this by meeting one-on-one with lawmakers, forming and joining coalitions, and using their connections to influence policy.
They will also push members of the United Nations to call for a ban on wet markets and try to influence global policy at future UN General Assemblies.
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