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Wildlife Health and Health Policy


WCS and the German Federal Foreign Office announce a two-day conference on November 17-18: “One Planet, One Health, One Future: Moving Forward in a Post COVID-19 World.”
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Statement on the WCS US Policy Agenda
The following statement was released by Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society:
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WCS News Advisory/Release/Availability: The World Needs to Urgently Operationalize the Concept of One Health
Global leaders in wildlife and human health are taking further active steps to ensure that governments, academia, and civil society break down barriers and form a united effort to prevent the emergence or resurgence of diseases, like COVID-19, that threaten people, wildlife, and livestock.
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IT'S BAT WEEK! How to Make Bats Less Scary

A team of conservationists say that in order for the public to help bats, they need to be perceived as less scary.

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WCS Statement in Support of the Global Wildlife Trade Biosecurity Act Introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D–NY) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

The following statement is from John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of the Global Wildlife Trade Biosecurity Act.

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Wildlife Conservation Society Statement in Support of Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020
A statement from John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020. 
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The following statement is from John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of Stop Future Pandemics Act of 2020. 
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WCS and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium join the Global Coalition for Biodiversity

One week before the 1st ever UN Summit on Biodiversity (NYC, 30 September), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium have joined the European Commission Global Coalition for Biodiversity, calling for stronger mobilization in communicating about the nature crisis facing the planet.

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Piecemeal Perspectives on Preventing Future Zoonotic Pandemics Just Won’t Cut It
A new peer-reviewed paper published today in Frontiers, "COVID-19 and the Curse of Piecemeal Perspectives,” emphasizes the steps needed now to prevent future zoonotic pandemics and gives a critique of the many one-off solutions proposed over the past several months since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. 
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Has Vietnam banned the wildlife trade to curb the risk of future pandemics?
On July 23rd 2020 the Vietnamese Government released Prime Minister’s Directive No. 29 on urgent solutions to manage wildlife. This has been largely reported in the global media as a widespread ban on wildlife trade in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wildlife Conservation Society welcomes the Prime Minister’s Directive and the renewed attention it will bring to combating illegal trade and consumption of wildlife. However, there are a number of points that have been mis-reported in the global media and areas we think require greater attention to reduce the risks of future zoonotic pathogen outbreaks
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