End commercial trade in wildlife for human consumption.
Around the world, wildlife are taken from their natural habitat, and traded at wildlife markets for many different uses, including for their meat.
The impact of commercial wildlife trafficking for human consumption has never been clearer. And as the world contends with the consequences, the need to shut down this trade has never been more urgent. Help us take action around the world.
Commercial wildlife markets, at which wildlife are often sold freshly slaughtered, present a major risk for the development and spread of zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases occur when harmful germs, like viruses and bacteria, are spread from animals to people causing illness that can range from mild to deadly.
The numerous wildlife species that are brought together at commercial wildlife markets create the potential to shed and share viruses for long periods of time. Viruses that can then be passed along to people.
There are some local communities and Indigenous Peoples who rely on wildlife as a primary source of food security and don’t present a significant risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases.
The source of COVID-19 and previous zoonotic outbreaks.
There are many types of coronaviruses, and sometimes coronaviruses in animals jump and infect people.
That is what happened with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, leading to a global pandemic. And this has happened before, causing outbreaks such as:
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
According to the CDC, after a field investigation, scientists determined that COVID-19 possibly came from an animal sold at a commercial wildlife market.