While the world continues to suffer from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologists know the next pandemic is already getting a foothold somewhere in the world. As your constituent, I'm writing to ask that you work to pass S 37/HR 151, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act.
It's impossible to count the times we've heard the word \"unprecedented\" to describe the events of the past two years, but the conditions that caused this pandemic have many precedents: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and earlier SARS outbreaks all had similar origins. These zoonotic diseases spread through unhealthy contact between humans and animals, usually through cruel exploitation such as animal trafficking.
Alarmingly, almost 75 percent of the world’s emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin. Experts at the World Health Organization, the UN Environment Program and elsewhere know how to prevent these deadly outbreaks: all countries must end animal trafficking and close the wildlife markets where animals are sold and killed for food or commerce.
The Preventing Future Pandemics Act would do that, by shutting down wildlife trafficking here at home and working with our UN allies to end wildlife markets across the globe.
Please work on behalf of your constituents to help this bill become law.