A group of more than 60 Members of Congress from both parties are calling for a worldwide ban on “Wet Markets” during the Coronavirus pandemic; saying the sites are breeding grounds for new threats against the population.
“In a letter spearheaded by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the lawmakers urged leaders of the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the United Nations to make the move ‘to protect public health,’” reports The Hill.
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“It is clear that to protect human health, these close and sustained interactions with wildlife must stop,” the lawmakers wrote.
“While China has banned the trade and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are significant loopholes relating to the current legal trade of wildlife for medicinal purposes,” they wrote. “China took similar steps after the 2003 SARS outbreak, but ultimately lifted the restrictions after the outbreak came under control and perceived risk decreased.”
Read the full report at The Hill.