What is the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2021 (S. 37/H.R. 151)?
The Preventing Future Pandemics Act is bipartisan-supported legislation that will establish measures to address wildlife markets and the global health risks they pose. This Act has not been reintroduced for the 118th Congressional session.
The bill will:
- Prohibit trade of wildlife for the purpose of human consumption or medicine.
- Require the National Academies of Science to conduct a study that will evaluate the impact of terrestrial wildlife on the emergence of pathogens when used for food or medicine and the conditions of “wet markets” that contribute to zoonotic disease.
- Require increased international cooperation to address the threats and causes of zoonotic disease outbreak.
- Require the Department of the Interior to hire, train, and deploy at least 50 new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service law enforcement attachés worldwide.