Born Free has long campaigned against the commercial trade in wild animals, in order to protect wildlife in the wild, prevent exploitation and end the suffering of millions of animals.
The coronavirus pandemic, and its devastating impacts on the lives of people and the global economy, has brought home the risks that commercial wildlife trade and consumption also pose to human society. The warning signs have been there for years, but we have failed to learn from past mistakes. We cannot afford to do so again.
As the world looks to recover from covid-19, a return to business as usual cannot be an option. Born Free is calling on the World Health Organisation and other key agencies to work with governments, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to secure a safer and healthier future for wildlife and people alike.
At many wildlife markets, wild animals are traded live and slaughtered on site in unhygienic conditions and with no consideration for their welfare.
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Born Free has joined 32 wildlife organisations and conservation experts from around the world to urge the Chinese government to shut down the production of and trade in wild animals in the country.
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Born Free is taking every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues worldwide, as well as the animals in our care.
An open letter, backed by 236 wildlife protection groups, urges international health bodies to recommend legislation to end wild animal trade.
Since the emergence of covid-19, there has been a lot of talk about wildlife markets and wet markets.
But what’s the difference?
Human encroachment into, and the destruction of wildlife habitats, together with our exponentially increasing demand for wild animals as food, medicines, pets, ornaments, fashion and for a host of other purposes, bring us into ever closer unnatural contact, increasing the risk of disease transmission.
Born Free is calling for an end to commercial wildlife markets and the global exploitation of wild animals for commercial trade.
However, we do recognise that many people depend on wild animals as a source of food for their survival. Therefore, while we are not calling for an end to the use of wildlife for subsistence purposes, we are encouraging initiatives that deliver alternative sources of protein to subsistence consumers of wild animals, in order to further reduce the risk to human health and wildlife populations.
If you agree action needs to be taken to secure a safer and healthier future for wildlife and people alike, send a pre-written email or sign the petition, and please share with your family and friends.
The Pangolin Family lives in the forests in Central African Republic. Pangolins are one of the most illegally traded mammal species. The Sangha Pangolin Project rehabilitates rescued and orphaned pangolins and returns them back to the wild.
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Images copyright: Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach; Aaron Gekoski