Wildlife and plant trafficking and unsustainable wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar industry and a major threat to species in the U.S. and worldwide. Trafficked: 10 Species Threatened by the Wildlife Trade, highlights how legal and illegal commerce in rare plants and wildlife is driving species decline, and in some cases, posing a threat to human health. Several of the species in the report are part of the global pet trade, such as the yellow-headed parrot and the Tokay gecko. Others are sought for food or medicinal properties, including the Scalloped hammerhead shark, pinto abalone and the pangolin – a scaly, armadillo-like creature, thought to be involved in the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Still others are coveted as “collectables,” including the Venus flytrap and the rufous hummingbird. Read the full report here: https://www.endangered.org/campaigns/annual-top-ten-report/trafficked/
G7 Science Academies’ March 2021 statement Reversing biodiversity loss- the case for urgent action & related statements.
PFPA Fact Sheets
The Preventing Future Pandemics Act (S.37/H.R. 151) is a bicameral, bipartisan bill that is crucial to stopping wildlife-borne diseases from spilling over into human populations. The bill recognizes the urgent need for a global approach to prevent emerging zoonotic diseases, and the important role the United States can take in leading the global community to reduce the risk of future zoonotic disease outbreaks. To read more: http://www.wildlifeandhealthalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FINAL-Preventing-Future-Pandemics-Fact-Sheet.2.26.2021.pdf
Global One Health and Spillover Surveillance Act (OHSSA)