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Bats hanging upside down in a cage at a wildlife market in Indonesia to be sold for food

In March, as people struggled to understand how the precursor of the virus that causes COVID-19 emerged from horseshoe bats in southern China and reached humans in the central city of Wuhan, Humane Society International policy specialist Peter Li fielded one question again and again: “Why do Chinese...

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By Karen E. Lange
Live animals in cages at a wet market in China

It began, almost certainly, in a bat. Then, just as SARS jumped to civets from bats, the virus that causes COVID-19 passed to another mammal, possibly a pangolin. Finally, late last year, the new coronavirus most likely jumped to humans in a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, a densely populated city...

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by Karen E. Lange

WASHINGTON—The Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 97, “Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act of 2019” to combat wildlife trafficking globally. Also known as the RAWR Act, H.R. 97 was introduced by Reps...

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Selling parts and products made from imperiled wildlife species could soon be banned in Illinois thanks to the passage of HB 395, which is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. This bill amends the Ivory Ban Act, by banning the trade of products made from 16 additional species including...

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