Nine reasons to support a ban on global wildlife tradingNine reasons to support a ban on global wildlife trading

Wild animals are used as entertainment, medicine, food, or pets all over the globe. The multi-billion-dollar wildlife trade causes them to endure years of pain.

COVID-19 is believed to have originated in a market that sold wild animals to the wet. This pandemic makes us realize that wildlife protection is a matter of human rights. Stopping the wildlife trade will help animals, people, and the planet.

Wild animals will be protected from extinction by you.

An estimated 1,000,000 threatened or endangered animal and plant species exist. The wildlife trade is one reason. Stopping the trade will help conservation efforts and prevent these animals from disappearing forever.

Mammalia, the orangutan at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation sanctuary – photo by World Animal Protection/Bjorn Vaughn

Your actions will help stop the spread of potentially deadly diseases

More than 60% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, and 72% are believed to be zoonotic. We can significantly reduce the chance of another pandemic caused by zoonotic diseases by ending wildlife exploitation

Stop exploiting wild animals as entertainment

Entertainment is provided by elephants, tigers and bears around the globe. Over 3,000 elephants have been trapped in tourist venues in Asia alone. They are subject to cruel training, overwork, isolation, and other terrible conditions that can lead to various mental and physical diseases.

Your contribution will help save and restore the planet.

Each year, the natural environment absorbs an estimated 5.6gigatons of carbon. Tragically, biodiversity is decreasing faster than at any time in human history. Leading to severely depleted ecosystems.

If our forests and oceans decline, they become less capable of absorbing climate-warming gases and providing food, water, and air. Conservation of wild animals and their habitats can help to fight climate change and preserve the natural resources we all need.

Your actions will help to prevent another economic depression

A global downturn of almost 5% has been predicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could lead to poverty, unemployment, and hunger around the globe. The global ban on the cruel trade in wildlife will help to reduce the chance of another epidemic and protect our livelihoods.

Stop the breeding of wild animals from making a profit.

They suffer severe mental and physical pain and are often kept in cruel conditions. They will be held captive for life if they are not killed for their body parts.

This is because these animals are difficult to release into the wild. Even worse, keeping captive-bred animals can increase the demand for wildlife trade, leading to more suffering.

Your actions will stop wild animals from being used in traditional medicine

Around 24,000 Asian bears are kept captive to extract their bile for traditional medicine. Sometimes they are kept in small cages for their lives, given horrible diets, and subject to painful bile extractions. Your voice can end cruelty to bears and other wild animals raised for their bile, bones, and other body parts.

This will stop millions of wild animals from entering the exotic pet market.

Nearly 20,000,000 wild animals are kept in exotic pet homes across the US, UK, and Canada. African grey parrots and Asian otters, as well as ball pythons, are often subject to long, dangerous journeys that they cannot survive in the wild.

Are you still not convinced? Don’t be discouraged!

COVID-19 has demonstrated that the wildlife trade can disproportionately impact vulnerable communities through its harmful effect on livelihoods and wellbeing. Illicit wildlife trade can be covered by legal trade in wild animals for entertainment or traditional medicine. Illicit trade is often linked to corruption, terrorism, and the arms-and-drug trade.

Strict enforcement of a ban on the wildlife trade would reduce criminal activity and help people’s health. This also means that ethical industries based on wildlife’s intrinsic value have a greater chance of being developed, benefiting both wild animals and people.

Our petition has been signed by nearly one million people calling on the G20 leaders not to allow global wildlife trading. Get involved.