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The bipartisan leadership of the International Conservation Caucus will convene a Virtual Briefing on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT to examine links between the commercial trade and consumption of wildlife and disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, SARS, HIV, and Ebola, and to consider steps the United States can take to prevent future pandemics.
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PREDICT Receives Extension for COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response

PREDICT will provide emergency support to other countries for outbreak response including technical support for early detection of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, through a six-month extension from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), effective April 1.

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Animal and human health doctors and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Oslo, and Global Wildlife Conservation will give a “One Health” briefing on COVID-19 that looks at the links between wildlife, livestock, and humans.

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WCS COVID-19 Update:  WCS Issues Policy on Reducing Risk of Future Zoonotic Pandemics

To prevent future major viral outbreaks such as the COVID-19 outbreak, impacting human health, well-being, economies, and security on a global scale, WCS recommends stopping all commercial trade in wildlife for human consumption (particularly of birds and mammals) and closing all such markets.

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WCS COVID-19: Domestic Dogs and Cats – Pets
COVID-19 is spreading globally through human-to-human transmission.  
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COVID-19 Infographics: Grab and Spread the Word/Available in Multiple Languages: Let’s Stop Wildlife Trade, Stop Wildlife Consumption, Stop Destroying Nature and We will Stop Pandemics
In order to prevent future pandemics, our message with our partner, Global Wildlife Conservation, to policymakers is clear: stop the trade in wild animals. In particular, the highest risk taxa, mammals and birds.  Infographic available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Chinese.  Download the graphics here. 
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“Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife and Livestock

A disease already known for causing massive die-offs of wildlife in Asia is spreading.

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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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WCS issued a statement and analysis regarding a decision of the 24th February 2020, 16th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, on “Comprehensively Prohibiting the Illegal Trade of Wild Animals, Eliminating the Bad Habits of Wild Animal Consumption, and Protecting the Health and Safety of the People.”

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Blowing Up Biodiversity Offsetting: Scientists Propose New “Target-Based” Approach
A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Queensland, and a dozen other organizations has developed a new alternative to “biodiversity offsetting” where compensation is provided to achieve an outcome of “no net loss” of biodiversity from development projects.
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