COVID-19 and the Dangerous Trade in Wildlife
Even as we isolate ourselves, COVID-19 reminds us how connected we are to each other — and to wildlife, the likely source of the current pandemic.
That's why this week the Center for Biological Diversity joined more than 100 other organizations urging Congress to tackle wildlife trade and habitat destruction. Our letter noted that 60% of known infectious diseases in people can be transmitted from animals, and 75% of emerging "zoonotic" infectious diseases originate in wildlife. These emergent diseases have quadrupled in the past 50 years.
"The solution couldn't be clearer: One crucial way to reduce disease risk is to curb wildlife exploitation," wrote Tanya Sanerib, legal director of our International program, in an op-ed in The Hill this week. "China, to its credit, slapped a moratorium on live markets and a temporary trade ban earlier this year. But much stronger, broader action is needed around the planet."
Read Tanya's op-ed and learn more about our letter to Congress. More than 1,400 members and supporters joined our call on these important issues last night. You can listen to it here.