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Shut Down Wildlife Markets NOW!
The outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, cast a harsh light on wildlife markets.
The Huanan Seafood Market, which offers an apalling variety of live and freshly slaughtered animals, is suspected to be the pandemic’s Ground Zero.
According to genetic analyses, bats are the original hosts of the virus, but animals from the wildlife market may have transmitted them to humans.
In addition to seafood, the meat of 30 terrestrial animal species is available there, including pangolins, civets, squirrels, pheasants, scorpions, snakes and a variety of rats.
Such markets not only play a role in the spread of disease: by selling poached, endangered animals such as pangolins, they are pushing species toward extinction.
Illegal hunting and the wildlife trade, like climate change and habitat destruction, are among the causes of the dramatic global extinction of species. In late 2019, a UN report issued a stark warning about the scope of the catastrophe, predicting that up to one million animal and plant species could soon be extinct.
Some forests are already deemed “empty” in the wake of rampant hunting and poaching.
This problem goes beyond China and the current coronavirus pandemic and is driving the extinction of species in many countries, so we are calling for the worldwide closure of wildlife markets.
From the 15th to the 28th of October 2020, China will host the UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, where representatives of nearly 200 countries will seek ways to stop the mass extinction.
We need to have a worldwide ban in place by then at the latest.
Please sign and share our petition and speak out against these barbaric markets.