New York Legislation
Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
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.
Action: Call or e-mail your representative and urge her or him to support AB 971.
Read the bill's text here.
Note: The text and status of New York bills is also available at www.assembly.state.ny.us.