Our world has changed beyond belief – hundreds of thousands have died, shops are shuttered, and we can’t even hug our family and friends.
The likely cause of this pandemic? The global wildlife trade.
We know it’s driving the extinction of thousands of species, and is responsible for animal rights abuses – and now experts warn wildlife markets could be a “ticking time bomb” for an even more lethal epidemic.
It’s time to stop the wildlife trade driving extinction, protect ourselves from future pandemics, and radically rethink our relationship with nature!
UN biodiversity chief calls for global ban
China recently closed its trade, and the UN biodiversity chief has called for a global ban on wildlife markets. But we need international leadership to stop the trade in wild animals and protect life on earth. So, let’s take our deafening call to G20 leaders and help stop this outdated trade once and for all.
Coronavirus isn’t novel. Other diseases such as HIV, Ebola, Sars, Mers and Zika, are thought to have jumped from animals to humans. In fact, more than 70% of human diseases are from wildlife and many species are endangered by eating them.
And, it’s not just humans that are at risk. One major study found the multibillion-dollar wildlife trade is putting nearly 9,000 species at risk of extinction. Animals like elephants, giraffes and rhinos, are routinely butchered and traded for their parts.
Reimagining our relationship with nature
But if this crisis has taught us anything – it’s that we can reimagine our relationship to the world around us. And, if we can flatten the curve of coronavirus, we can also flatten the curve of extinction and future pandemics!
Sign the petition now – and let’s make sure the G20 hears our call for change when they meet in a few weeks’ time. Once Avaaz gets to one million, they’ll take our voices directly to leaders and help stop the dangerous wildlife trade!
Avaaz has stood up for wildlife and the natural world time and time again, with a deep recognition that we’re part of it.