General Assembly Resolution # 609
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.
Industry Affected: Agriculture
Proposed by: Barfleur
The World Assembly,
Cognizant of the risks posed by zoonotic diseases to sapient wellbeing and the increasing risks of such dangers as the world becomes ever more connected,
Hereby enacts as follows:
In this resolution:
the "WHA" is the World Health Authority;
the "WAGF" is the World Assembly General Fund;
a "zoonotic disease" is any disease which:
is caused by a pathogen; and
is capable of being transmitted from a nonsapient being to a sapient being; and
"wet market" refers to any marketplace which:
keeps and offers for sale to the general public live animals;
keeps and offers for sale to the general public nonsapient animals to be killed at or immediately before or after sale; or
is in the business of reselling wares described in paragraphs (i) and (ii).
Animals sold or intended for sale in any wet market shall be subject to random testing for any zoonotic disease which:
has been determined by the WHA or local health authorities to pose a substantial danger to sapient wellbeing; and
is capable of infecting and thereby harming sapient beings in the intended market.
Animal carcasses intended to be sold in any wet market shall be subject to random testing for any zoonotic disease described in subsection (a).
Any animal which tests positive under subsection (a) or (b) shall not be sold until such animal reliably tests negative for such disease. If a negative test does not result, the animal shall be disposed of in a manner provided by local health authorities.
Every individual who works at a wet market shall be subject to random testing for any communicable zoonotic disease described in subsection (a). If a person tests positive, then every other worker at that or other wet markets who may reasonably have been exposed to the same zoonotic diseases shall be tested for each zoonotic disease which the individual worker has tested positive for. Any person who tests positive under this paragraph may not work at any wet market until such person reliably tests negative for the same zoonotic disease.
Testing under this section shall be carried out by local health authorities, except that if a governmental body responsible for such an authority certifies to the WHA that it does not have the capacity or training to carry out such testing, the WHA shall send Inspectors to carry out such testing. While so engaged, Inspectors shall be treated as members of a local health authority and shall enjoy international protection.
Animal marketing regulations.
It is an unlawful business practice for a wet market or other marketplace which sells living or dead animals to:
store an animal of one species in close physical proximity to animals of another species (or carcasses of such species) if such proximity is likely to result in the cross-species transmission of zoonotic diseases;
store the carcasses of animals of one species in close physical proximity to the carcasses of animals of another species if such proximity is likely to result in the transmission of zoonotic diseases across carcasses;
store the carcasses of animals intended for sale in a manner which is likely to result in the acquisition of zoonotic diseases, when there is a cost-efficient way of preventing such acquisition;
furnish false information in response to any test ordered under this resolution, or impede such a test;
retaliate against any person for reporting any violations of this resolution or any other applicable laws governing wet markets;
falsely label any species of animal or animal carcass for the purpose of bolstering sales or evading inspections; or
discriminate against any person on account of such person's decision to don personal protective equipment on the premises of such market.
Import and export.
Each member nation shall:
test every animal intended for import to or export from such nation for any zoonotic disease which:
is capable of infecting and thereby harming sapient beings in the area and population in which such animal is intended to be moved to;
deny entry or exit to, treat, euthanize, or isolate, any animal which tests positive for any such disease until such animal tests negative for the same zoonotic disease; and
take measures to ensure the health of individuals engaged in the business of transporting animals internationally, including measures to monitor and prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases among such individuals
A mandate under this resolution shall be funded by the member nation in whose borders the mandate is done. However, upon verification of inability to fund such a mandate in full or in part, the WAGF shall cover such proportion of the costs as is necessary to ensure that the mandate is effectively carried out. In determining whether and to what extent to cover costs, the WAGF shall seek to ensure that this resolution is carried into effect as broadly and effectively as possible.