Wild animals are not possessions. They belong in the wild.
Wild animals are in demand for many reasons. They are killed for food and use in traditional medicine, sold as exotic pets, exploited for our entertainment and even used as trophies and status symbols. And they suffer for it. They are taken from their natural habitat and forced to live in horrific and distressing conditions where they are treated horribly. They suffer from stress, injuries and disease. Furthermore, illegal wildlife trade is one of the main causes of animal extinctions. It’s unsustainable.
The link between wild animal trade and global pandemics
The conditions which animals are forced into create a hotbed for infectious diseases, which have the potential to transfer to humans and cause global pandemics. Covid-19, the virus sweeping across the world right now, is thought to have originated from a market in China selling wild animals. In fact, statistics indicate that 60% of new infectious diseases originate from animals and, of those, 70% come from wild animals.
What can you do to help?
World Animal Protection are asking the UK Government to call for a global wildlife trade ban at the G20 summit in November this year. They are asking the Government to introduce a new law to ban the import and export of wild animals and wild animal products in the UK. Please help to end animal suffering and Take Action Now to end the wildlife trade.