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

1,236 signatures
  • Kaylene Stringer
    signed 2020-05-12 21:47:54 +1000
  • matt leathers
    signed 2020-05-12 21:26:23 +1000
  • Jo Guy
    signed 2020-05-12 21:10:12 +1000
  • robyn marchant
    signed 2020-05-12 21:05:22 +1000
  • Wendy Jongerius
    signed 2020-05-12 20:53:22 +1000
  • Zahra Cohen
    signed 2020-05-12 19:50:44 +1000
    Stop the wildlife trade.

    Torture
  • Garrett Yeoman
    signed 2020-05-12 18:59:50 +1000
  • Julie Blake
    signed 2020-05-12 17:40:32 +1000
    Stop it now. It’s disgusting and disappointing to see this still happening in today’s times
  • Sue Jones
    signed 2020-05-12 17:26:07 +1000
  • Colleen Spears
    signed 2020-05-12 17:10:41 +1000
  • Vlado Gasperov
    signed 2020-05-12 16:41:03 +1000
    Vlado Gasperov
  • Marilyn Luciano Gonzalez
    signed 2020-05-12 15:48:42 +1000
    Stop live trade
  • Jingru Xu
    signed via 2020-05-12 15:01:40 +1000
  • Gillian James
    signed 2020-05-12 14:39:44 +1000
    Please stop this cruelty now
  • Jo Curtis
    signed 2020-05-12 13:53:33 +1000
  • Janelle Donaldson
    signed 2020-05-12 13:23:05 +1000
  • Robynne Troskie
    signed 2020-05-12 13:19:58 +1000
    Let’s do whatever is possible with the relatively few animals (God’s creation)

    we still blessed with.
  • Marlene Bramley
    signed 2020-05-12 12:07:56 +1000
    Bloody devastating! How can people do that? Please stop.
  • Ellen Prior
    signed 2020-05-12 11:51:40 +1000
    Ellen Prior
  • Joanne Waugh
    signed 2020-05-12 11:45:48 +1000
  • Sue Mcguey
    signed 2020-05-12 10:36:22 +1000
  • Penny Grimwood
    signed 2020-05-12 10:21:53 +1000
  • Oshini Fernando
    signed 2020-05-12 09:23:13 +1000
  • Marido Boggia
    signed 2020-05-12 09:17:25 +1000
  • Susan Montgomery
    signed 2020-05-12 09:15:11 +1000
  • Julie Dhnaram
    signed 2020-05-12 09:12:01 +1000
    This needs to stop now !!!
  • Rosalind Higginson
    signed 2020-05-12 06:28:33 +1000
  • Annette Hughes
    signed 2020-05-12 02:35:32 +1000
  • Linda Groves
    signed 2020-05-12 00:48:44 +1000
    Linda Groves
  • Judy Rees
    signed 2020-05-12 00:18:18 +1000

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