The Covid 19 pandemic has been upended the world for the last two years, causing dramatic losses of human lives and social and economic disruption. Along with immeasurable losses, the pandemic has also entailed socio-economic changes and humanity's perception of the world we are dwelling in. The virus that causes the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to originate from wild animals. Although this is not a firm conclusion up to this point, it is a deeper warning than ever about the human way of life, which exploits nature indiscriminately, causes ecosystems to deteriorate, and leads to irreversible damages.
PanNature has endorsed the petition to call national governments worldwide to act for a permanent end to the commercial trade and sale in markets where terrestrial wild animals are sold for consumption.
The Coalition to End the Trade was launched by Global Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and WildAid in the context of the spread of zoonotic disease COVID-19.
The Coalition to End the Trade aims to help ensure this never happens again by addressing the likely cause of this pandemic and others: the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals (particularly mammals and birds), for consumption.
The commercial trade of wild terrestrial animals gives pathogens that have evolved with animals the perfect opportunity to jump to new hosts–humans–and spread through a globalized population. With this recognition, the coalition calls on all national governments to:
- Enact suitable legislation to permanently end commercial trade and sale of terrestrial wild animals for consumption;
- Empower relevant agencies to adequately enforce such legislation;
- Develop ethical and equitable transition measures for those whose livelihoods are impacted across the trade chain.
The coalition has set a target of 1 million signatures to send a strong message to governments around the world that people demand change for global health and security.