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

1,239 signatures
  • Natalie Thompson
    signed 2020-05-04 15:00:54 +1000
  • Beverley Webster
    signed 2020-05-04 14:59:02 +1000
    Thia trade must end.Look at all the deaths and unless around the world the trade has caused.END THIS TRADE.
  • Carol Crossley
    signed 2020-05-04 14:33:09 +1000
  • Louise Allison
    signed 2020-05-04 14:28:16 +1000
  • Eileen Nicolaou
    signed 2020-05-04 13:58:55 +1000
  • Joanne Mitchell
    signed 2020-05-04 13:32:05 +1000
  • Sandy Walshe
    signed 2020-05-04 13:26:34 +1000
  • Beryl Dix
    signed 2020-05-04 13:14:15 +1000
  • Greg Jewell
    signed 2020-05-04 13:12:31 +1000
  • Eve Zhu
    signed 2020-05-04 12:50:50 +1000
  • Shellie Pilgrim
    signed 2020-05-04 12:42:45 +1000
  • Linda Teese
    signed 2020-05-04 12:13:48 +1000
  • Jennifer Lee
    signed 2020-05-04 11:59:30 +1000
    Let’s stop this now. Animals I hope will have the last laugh and shame on people who buy these products. I love Karma.
  • Miranda Mills
    signed 2020-05-04 11:21:24 +1000
  • Cheryl Whitlen
    signed 2020-05-04 11:20:16 +1000
  • Donna Petterd
    signed 2020-05-04 10:52:52 +1000
  • Mary Dowd
    signed 2020-05-04 10:42:49 +1000
  • Cavina Balkin
    signed 2020-05-04 10:40:38 +1000
  • Shane Tyrrell
    signed 2020-05-04 10:30:41 +1000
  • Jennifer Donovan
    signed 2020-05-04 10:28:52 +1000
    Humans are just one species on our planet. We have no right to treat other species as our property to do anything to that we like. The cruelty that so many animals have to endure and the impacts that humans have had on entire ecosystems is appalling and unsustainable. The whole world must act to protect the future of our planet and all its inhabitants.
  • Marlene corbett
    signed 2020-05-04 10:26:43 +1000
  • Michael Bremer
    signed 2020-05-04 10:07:22 +1000
  • Ian Batchelor
    signed 2020-05-04 09:50:42 +1000
    This diabolical culture has to be stopped before it wipes out many species of the worlds wildlife !!!
  • Carlie Lapacka
    signed 2020-05-04 09:24:31 +1000
  • Donna Fensom
    signed 2020-05-04 09:21:20 +1000
  • Linda Sears
    signed 2020-05-04 09:20:29 +1000
  • Sandea Goodman
    signed 2020-05-04 08:57:58 +1000
  • Janet Beaver
    signed 2020-05-04 08:56:50 +1000
    Humans will do absolutely anything for money. So so sad!
  • Traudy Glasencnik
    signed 2020-05-04 08:32:29 +1000
  • Sarah Davis
    signed 2020-05-04 08:29:32 +1000

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