On World Rhino Day, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) announced the results of a global letter-writing campaign raising awareness for new U.S. legislation designed to help regulate legal wildlife markets, close high-risk markets dealing in illegal and endangered species, and prevent future pandemics by curtailing the spread of zoonotic diseases. AWF’s effort in support of the bipartisan bill (S.3759), has generated 24,244 comments to date. A goal of 50,000 letters has been set.
The Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act aims to keep threatened and high-risk species from wildlife markets once and for all to prevent another global health crisis — and protect some of Africa’s most beloved wildlife.
Visit AWF’s online advocacy campaign supporting S.3759, including a running count of the submitted comments.
The bipartisan Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act (S. 3759), co-sponsored by Senators Coons and Graham, aims to prevent future global health crises and, at the same time, will help tighten regulations on wildlife trade.
The legislation creates a framework for the U.S. Department of State, U.S.Agency for International Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address high-risk wildlife markets through international cooperation and diplomacy, including coordination with existing efforts to combat wildlife trafficking. This will reduce disease transmission by increasing global capacity for zoonotic disease prevention and detection and reducing human interactions with wildlife in the wild. An equal goal of the policy is to protect and support food insecure communities that currently depend on wildlife.
About World Rhino Day AWF issued a species-related news release on September 22, 2020 with additional information about growing threats to rhinos and recent success stories from effective conservation effortswhich have decreased poaching and illegal wildlife trade. About African Wildlife Foundation The African Wildlife Foundation is the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. Founded in 1961 to focus on Africa’s conservation needs, we articulate a uniquely African vision, bridge science and public policy, and demonstrate the benefits of conservation to ensure the survival of the continent’s wildlife and wild lands.