Prevent next pandemic by ending animal trafficking
I am writing to express my concern about illegal wildlife trafficking, and to urge elected officials to pass legislation to stop it. Wildlife trafficking is a commercial enterprise that entails illegal poaching, taking, and trade of wild plants and animals. We now know that it is also the cause of wildlife-human viruses like COVID-19 — the coronavirus that is causing thousands to get sick.
To better restrict the wildlife trade, our elected leaders need to immediately pass legislation that prohibits the wildlife trade and trafficking in the U.S. and the Trump administration should enforce existing laws at home and abroad.
As individuals and as a society, we can be diligent about knowing the source of products we consume. The wildlife trade exists around the world — including here at home. Not buying products that are derived from wildlife is a crucial action we can each take.
We can prevent more wildlife diseases from infecting humans by putting an end to illegal wildlife trafficking and stop the exploitation of wildlife generally. I hope our elected officials will take action to do so. Robert Mason, Arcata