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. 


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

1,256 signatures
  • Hugh Harrold
    signed via 2020-05-07 21:07:18 +1000
  • Sandy Kelly
    signed 2020-05-07 14:02:06 +1000
  • Paula Jane
    signed 2020-05-07 11:23:59 +1000
  • Maja Stocker
    signed 2020-05-07 11:20:27 +1000
  • Paula Cole
    signed 2020-05-07 10:20:07 +1000
  • Ehsan Dakhil
    signed 2020-05-07 10:04:52 +1000
  • David & Anne Serato
    signed 2020-05-07 09:37:28 +1000
    David & Anne Serato
  • Jill Smith
    signed 2020-05-07 09:15:11 +1000
  • Gayle Anderton
    signed 2020-05-07 07:57:29 +1000
    Please stop the selling and slaughter of wildlife in wet markets or anywhere else. It is cruel, unnecessary and endangers humans and wildlife.
  • Lorraine Bollard
    signed 2020-05-07 07:52:02 +1000
  • Mary Cannon
    signed 2020-05-07 03:54:59 +1000
    This needs to end. Now.
  • Maree Walker
    signed 2020-05-07 02:56:21 +1000
  • Libby Squirrell
    signed 2020-05-07 02:04:51 +1000
    The suffering inflicted on our wildlife is unbearable…please help protect our animals and end their suffering
  • Patricia McPherson
    signed 2020-05-07 00:45:15 +1000
    This practice needs to stop
  • Susannah Thomas
    signed 2020-05-07 00:37:26 +1000
  • Simone
    signed 2020-05-06 23:33:55 +1000
  • Jen Hendley
    signed 2020-05-06 23:33:12 +1000
    Jen Hendley
  • Dr Robyn Thompson
    signed 2020-05-06 21:48:58 +1000
  • Lisa Matthews
    signed 2020-05-06 21:47:15 +1000
    Disgusting! This vile cruel needs to be stopped immediately
  • Dianne Metcalf
    signed 2020-05-06 21:26:21 +1000
  • Christine Brooks
    signed 2020-05-06 21:04:42 +1000
  • Megan Harry
    signed 2020-05-06 20:52:02 +1000
  • Mindy Carr
    signed 2020-05-06 20:37:40 +1000
  • Jeanette Brossard
    signed 2020-05-06 20:37:13 +1000
    Unnecessary. Evil. Waste and abuse of natures gift to man.
  • Hana Maxwell
    signed 2020-05-06 20:26:08 +1000
  • Virginia Buxton
    signed 2020-05-06 20:11:51 +1000
    Stop this slaughter.
  • June Kiff
    signed 2020-05-06 20:11:03 +1000
  • mel carr
    signed 2020-05-06 19:56:38 +1000
  • Susan bombardiere
    signed 2020-05-06 19:52:01 +1000
  • Condy Harwood
    signed 2020-05-06 19:51:15 +1000