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Sponsor(s): Assm. Micah Kellner (D-76)

A.971 Prohibits Trade of Bushmeat [2013]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended.

Description: This bill will prohibit the importation, trade and possession of bushmeat.

Background: The consumption of bushmeat, particularly from primates, is linked to fatal diseases such as ebola, SARS, anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease. The practice also threatens many wildlife species, including species who were not previously in danger of extinction (e.g., antelope, pigs, rodents and freshwater mammals). While it is illegal to hunt endangered and some threatened species, the commercial trade in bushmeat continues to grow globally.

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