Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.New York and California state lawmakers are calling for a shutdown of all “wet markets” in their states, rolling out new legislation on both coasts to ban the markets—which in China are believed to be linked to the origins of the coronavirus pandemic—for good.California state Sen. Henry Stern and New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal this week teamed with animal protection legislative advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation to roll out the plan for their states, which also would cut off imports of exotic and endangered wildlife that could spread “zoonotic” diseases like COVID-19.WHAT ARE THE ‘WET MARKETS’ LINKED TO CORONAVIRUS SPREAD?Stern and Rosenthal, both Democrats, proposed their legislation after groups of bipartisan lawmakers on Capitol Hill sent letters to the World Health Organization urging it to implement a global ban on live wildlife markets, and the Chinese ambassador to do the same in China.But these live animal markets don’t just exist abroad—there are dozens in the United States.In New York City alone—most in the Bronx area—there are more than 80 live-animal markets and slaughterhouses that sell and slaughter a variety of species for human consumption, including goats, sheep, chickens,


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