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Rhode Island Considers Ban on New Live Animal Markets

Rhode Island House Bill 5771 would prohibit the operation of live animal markets, defined as “a market or sales site in which a vendor slaughters live animals or poultry upon customer purchase,” that is “not already in existence.”

Congress Considers Legislation to Prevent Future Pandemics

House Bill 151, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2021, would require a national study on the risk of live animal markets, promote international collaboration to push for a global ban on commercial wildlife markets and enforcement of existing laws to end wildlife trafficking, appropriate $300,000,000 to reduce international demand for wildlife consumption, and prohibit the importation of wildlife into the United States.

Bill Aims to Curtail Commercial Trade in Live Wildlife

Senate Bill 4074, the “Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2022,” would establish a Global Health Security Zoonoses Program with other countries that are committed to ending wildlife markets and the commercial trade in live wildlife for human consumption. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Oregon Considers Ban on Live Animal Markets and Requiring Report on Zoonotic Diseases

Oregon House Bill 3204 would direct the state to prepare a report analyzing the state’s current framework for addressing zoonotic diseases, establish a list of wildlife that may not be possessed in the state due to potential transmission of zoonotic diseases, and prohibit the live sale of non-native wildlife for the purpose of human consumption. “Livestock” and “shellfish” would be exempted from the non-native sale prohibition.

Mexico City Prohibits Live Animal Markets

Mexico City has issued new guidelines that prohibit the sale and exhibition of animals at live markets.

New York Considers Prohibiting Certain Live Animal Imports and Establishing Live Animal Market Standards

New York Assembly Bill 2054 would prohibit the importation of certain live animals into the state, including all bat, primate, and rodent species. The bill would also establish standards for the operation of live animal markets, including prohibitions on dismembering live animals and holding or transporting wildlife species with domestic animals.