Stop International Wildlife Trade

The international wildlife trade is fuelling a public health crisis.

We’re calling on the United Nations, as well as G20 leaders to stop the global wildlife trade by banning both the export and import of wild animals as well as the farming and use of wild animal products for any domestic or medicinal purpose. 

  • The international wildlife trade is a lucrative business, largely fuelled by criminal elements.
  • The trade exploits wild animals for food, pelts, ornaments, jewelry, and traditional medicine.
  • Large tracts of pristine habitat are cleared across the globe to make it easier to capture these animals
  • Those animals are then transported in inhumane, cramped conditions, often across the globe by unskilled, uncaring and unscrupulous operators.
  • We now also know that the trade poses an enormous risk to population health with the World Health Organisation estimating that 60% of all viruses that infect humans come from animals.
  • We must urgently stop this illegal and immoral international wildlife trade.

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To the United Nations and G20 Leaders,

Urgently stop the international wildlife trade by banning both the export and import of wild animals as well as the farming and use of wild animal products for any domestic or medicinal purpose. 

Background

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the harsh reality of wildlife markets in China and around the globe. Yet those markets represent just a tiny slice of the international trade in wild animals.

In China alone, wildlife trade is worth more than $73 billion and employs more than one million people. The value of the illegal global trade is estimated by the UN to be around $23 billion.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation estimates that 60% of all viruses that infect humans come from animals. This phenomenon is termed ‘zoonosis’. WHO says that 75% of new infections and diseases in the past decade are zoonotic.

We know that to stop these new diseases from emerging, we must put a stop to the international trade in wild animals, a trade that spans most continents and is highly lucrative.

There’s no doubt this wildlife trade is immoral. We already know about the issues around conservation and the ongoing destruction of habitat that takes place to make capturing these animals easier. We know about the gross instances of neglect and the inhumane treatment of these animals as they’re shipped across the globe in close quarters by untrained and uncaring criminals. And now, on the back of a new coronavirus, we know of the huge risk that the trade poses to human health.

That’s why we must act now to stop the illegal and immoral trade in wildlife that is happening, even in the midst of a pandemic, right across the globe. We demand that G20 leaders, along with the United Nations intervene at the highest level to put a stop to both exports and imports that exploit wild animals, causing irreparable damage to sensitive ecosystems as well as public health.

Yours faithfully

1,234 signatures
  • Nina Gondos
    signed 2020-05-10 19:25:34 +1000
  • Flavia Aloisio
    signed 2020-05-10 17:57:25 +1000
  • Patricia Packham
    signed 2020-05-10 17:25:14 +1000
  • Suzanne Spiers
    signed 2020-05-10 17:03:44 +1000
    Evil people and evil trade.
  • Christiane Aigner
    signed 2020-05-10 16:52:38 +1000
  • Vicki Mulville
    signed 2020-05-10 16:15:14 +1000
  • Susie Edmonds
    signed 2020-05-10 15:05:06 +1000
  • C Spina
    signed 2020-05-10 14:06:28 +1000
  • Gayle Koubwere
    signed 2020-05-10 13:09:14 +1000
    So cruel and “MUST STOP” The worst of the worst people do this. These people need checking and punishment, therefor serious policeing and consequences must be administered
  • Linda Payler-Kemp
    signed 2020-05-10 12:33:59 +1000
    BAN IT NOW
  • Lisa Morrison
    signed 2020-05-10 12:16:28 +1000
  • Jackie Townsend
    signed 2020-05-10 10:22:32 +1000
  • Michelle Mayer
    signed 2020-05-10 10:17:47 +1000
  • Ben Chambers
    signed 2020-05-10 09:38:53 +1000
  • Amanda Gillespie
    signed 2020-05-10 07:24:27 +1000
  • Elaine Pleasance
    signed 2020-05-10 01:19:48 +1000
  • Don Wisedagama
    signed 2020-05-10 00:44:17 +1000
  • Sue Pagett
    signed 2020-05-10 00:31:28 +1000
    Owe God these poor defenceless animals
  • Marion Bennett
    signed 2020-05-10 00:12:11 +1000
  • Debra Perry
    signed 2020-05-09 23:59:25 +1000
    End Wildlife Markets Not Wildlife
  • Greg Macpherson
    signed 2020-05-09 22:13:26 +1000
  • Brian Hatch
    signed 2020-05-09 21:59:46 +1000
  • Richard Weatherhead
    signed 2020-05-09 21:24:10 +1000
  • Marg Baltatzidis
    signed 2020-05-09 21:20:51 +1000
  • Kristy Whitmore
    signed 2020-05-09 20:57:33 +1000
  • Melinda Noone
    signed 2020-05-09 20:53:49 +1000
  • Jill Hardy
    signed 2020-05-09 20:31:40 +1000
  • Cheryl Koster
    signed 2020-05-09 20:26:56 +1000
  • Robin Brady
    signed 2020-05-09 19:55:52 +1000
    This disgraceful trade must stop!
  • Zoe Butler
    signed 2020-05-09 19:55:49 +1000

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