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

A.971 Prohibits Trade of Bushmeat

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.

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