Prevent the Next COVID-19 – Shut Down U.S. Wet Meat Markets!
We’re staying in our homes to stop the spread of COVID-19, but what are we doing to stop the root cause of the virus and ensuing outbreak? The initial human victims of the novel coronavirus were all connected to a wet meat market in China, where thousands of terrified animals are butchered in bloody and filthy conditions. These markets also operate in the United States, meaning this deadly outbreak could have happened anywhere. We must take immediate action to outlaw wet meat markets in the U.S. and move away from cruel concentrated animal farms, which are breeding grounds for deadly viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Wet meat markets are a threat to public health, native wildlife, and cause immense animal suffering. California alone imports approximately two million non-native bullfrogs and 300,000 freshwater turtles annually for human consumption, many of whom are slaughtered in front of each other while fully conscious. Similarly, depraved and overcrowded animal farms spread a host of illnesses affecting both humans and other animals, most recently bird flu and swine flu. These deadly pathogens jump from species to species, mutate, and spread faster than we’re able to find cures, leading to the deaths of the most vulnerable among us.
The time has come to reflect on our actions and choices that have led to this pandemic. Until we stop eating animals and acknowledge that forcing them into unnatural environments is a breeding ground for deadly disease, COVID-19 will become yet another animal-borne illness that we could have prevented.
What You Can Do
Please join us by calling on your two federal senators and one federal representative to immediately shut down wet meat markets in the U.S., and to support The Farm System Reform Act, S. 3221, which is currently in the Senate. This federal bill has the power to phase out concentrated animal farms and help businesses transition away from current farming models which are not only cruel but ticking time bombs for our collective public health.
1) Call your two U.S. senators and one US representative by clicking on the link below, entering your zip code, and click the federal tab. Then, make three quick calls to their offices.
When the phone is answered, state your name, your town or city, and telephone number. If you reside in any state except New Jersey, please urge your senators and representative to immediately shut down wet meat markets in the U.S. and to cosponsor the Farm System Reform Act: S. 3221. If you are a New Jersey resident, please scroll to the bolded section below.
Here’s an example of what you can say:
During this public health crisis, I respectfully urge you to address COVID-19's connection to live animal markets. Please act immediately to outlaw live animal markets throughout the U.S., and support the Farm System Reform Act which is currently in the Senate. This federal bill has the power to phase out cruel concentrated animal farms which have already borne bird flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, and dangerous strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We must not let COVID-19 become yet another name on the list of deadly animal-borne diseases we could have prevented. Again, I urge you to immediately shut down live animal markets in the U.S., and to support The Farm System Reform Act.
New Jersey residents may also use the above call script when contacting New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, but please also call New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and use below script or similar:
As a constituent of Senator Booker, I want to thank him for introducing the Farm System Reform Act of 2019 and encourage him to do all that he can to immediately outlaw live animal markets in the U.S., given their connection to the source of COVID-19.
2) Transition to a plant-based diet. By withholding your money from animal abusers who breed disease, environmental destruction, and cause numerous other problems through intensive farming, members of every species as well as future generations of humans will thank you. Download our free Veg Starter Guide today: idausa.org/vegguide
3) Send our letter to your two federal senators and one representative by filling out the form on this page.