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July 07, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Doctors Call on the U.S. to Follow China’s Lead and Phase Out Live Animal Markets

Doctors Call on the U.S. to Follow China’s Lead and Phase Out Live Animal Markets
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The Physicians Committee—the national nonprofit of 12,000 doctors— applauds China for announcing a plan to phase out the sale of live poultry and urges the United States to follow suit. Live animal markets are a breeding ground for organisms that may not cause disease in animal hosts but can be deadly to humans.

“If China can do it, why can’t we? Avoiding future pandemics like the COVID-19 global crisis requires a total ban on all live markets, including the 80 in New York City alone,” says Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, president of the Physicians Committee. “Poultry flocks are breeding grounds for influenza A viruses, and live animal markets are the source of coronavirus.”

A new bill, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), would immediately prohibit the operation of live animal markets in New York, effectively suspending current live markets’ operations and preventing further licenses for such markets from being issued.

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