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

1,231 signatures
  • Angela Ewing
    signed 2020-05-11 19:47:49 +1000
  • lois stewart
    signed 2020-05-11 19:35:14 +1000
  • Christine Stanley
    signed 2020-05-11 19:31:30 +1000
  • Pat Thompson
    signed 2020-05-11 19:27:40 +1000
  • Susie Hearder
    signed 2020-05-11 18:34:08 +1000
  • Robert Donnelly
    signed 2020-05-11 18:22:49 +1000
  • Tracey Bass
    signed 2020-05-11 17:54:28 +1000
  • Karen Myers
    signed 2020-05-11 17:17:10 +1000
  • Suzie Don Leonard
    signed 2020-05-11 17:05:42 +1000
  • Djamila Grouci
    signed 2020-05-11 16:50:18 +1000
  • Wendy Gray
    signed 2020-05-11 15:55:44 +1000
  • Robyn Stewart
    signed 2020-05-11 14:10:34 +1000
  • Zanna Carey
    signed 2020-05-11 13:44:04 +1000
  • Sonia Eldridge
    signed 2020-05-11 12:19:47 +1000
  • Yvonne Johnstone
    signed 2020-05-11 12:10:27 +1000
  • Sanet de Klerk
    signed 2020-05-11 12:00:50 +1000
  • John Foote
    signed 2020-05-11 11:18:57 +1000
  • Athula Wijewickrama
    signed 2020-05-11 09:48:47 +1000
  • J Johnston
    signed 2020-05-11 09:04:03 +1000
  • Annette Wilson
    signed 2020-05-10 23:42:41 +1000
  • Emmanuel Fardoulis
    signed 2020-05-10 23:26:02 +1000
  • Amanda Brown
    signed 2020-05-10 21:51:21 +1000
    Stop this disgusting torture and killing of innocent animals. There is no excuse for this disgusting cruelty. The human gut cannot digest meat of any kind, we were not meant to eat meat. You are making all our beautiful animals extinct. What is wrong with you, how can you kill and murder animals that look to you for Protection not to be slaughtered. This is just disgusting!!!!!? Why!!!!?
  • Cheryl Harris
    signed 2020-05-10 21:09:48 +1000
  • Heather Jones
    signed via 2020-05-10 20:26:39 +1000
    This is not only a terrible cruel practice but it is also a very serious health problem. Why on earth do they do this when they know how the world perceived it. They should be banned and stopped immediately.
  • Nicolette Little
    signed 2020-05-10 19:33:58 +1000
  • Melina Tensen
    signed 2020-05-10 19:30:34 +1000
  • 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.

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