It's Time to Ban Wildlife Trade
In the past 40 years, the worst human pandemics and epidemics — HIV, SARS, avian flu, swine flu, Ebola and Zika — all stemmed from trading or consuming animals and destroying their habitat.
The solution couldn't be clearer as we face this pandemic: We must ban wildlife trade to reduce disease risk and save animals from overexploitation.
But when asked, last week, if banning wildlife trade is a priority, President Trump just shrugged. That's the wrong response.
If you haven't already, tell Congress to block wildlife trade now to save species and help prevent future pandemics. The Center has been fighting the international wildlife trade for years through our International Program. Learn more.