Leonardo DiCaprio urges fans to help prevent future pandemics

Read Time:   |  16th October 2020

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Oscar-winning climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio has taken to social media to urge his fans to support the 'Preventing Future Pandemics Act'.


It’s no secret that Leonardo DiCaprio is passionate about saving the planet. From his amazing documentary ‘Before the Flood’ to his oscar winning speech stressing the urgency of climate action, our Leo is a fearless proponent of environmental activism.

The award-winning actor has taken to social media once again, this time encouraging his fans to help end the wildlife trade and protect human health by preventing another future pandemic.

DiCaprio expressed his support for the Preventing Future Pandemics Act to his more than 46 million followers on Instagram, stating: “If you care about preventing the next pandemic, please ask your Senator to co-sponsor Senate Bill S. 4749, the ‘Preventing Future Pandemics Act,’ introduced by @corybooker and @johncornyn, so that we can reduce the risk of a pandemic like COVID happening again.”


The Preventing Future Pandemics Act

The coronavirus that caused COVID-19 is believed to be zoonotic, which means that it jumped the species barrier from animals to humans. Many experts believe the initial transmission occurred at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, in Wuhan, China, a live animal and seafood market.

The new legislation proposed in the Act would establish official foreign policy for the United States, enabling the country to work with state and non-state partners to put an end to the wildlife trade and shut down commercial wildlife markets for good.

Legislation to shut down live animal markets can only be a good thing, both for human health and the animals cruelly sold there.

If you live in the US, you can express your support for the bill to your Senator, by finding their information and contact details here

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