As COVID-19 advances across the world, over five million people have now been infected. Sadly, many more cases will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months.
While we come to terms with the swift and uncomfortable changes to the life we recently knew, the actual source of this pandemic is being overlooked, and we believe it could have been prevented.
Coronavirus evolved in the wet markets of Asia, where many wild animal species are held in close quarters and killed on demand for waiting customers. Such markets exist all over the world and have already been identified as key settings for future devastating viruses.
A primary focus on preventing future pandemics is the shutting down of these wet markets. But incremental closures of markets here and there won't cut it in the longer term, we must stop wildlife reaching the markets in the first place.
The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) has trained or supported wildlife rangers which help protect over 20 million acres of wilderness - home to billions of animals of all shapes and sizes. Animals that could easily have ended up in wet markets. Animals such as pangolins that could harbour another pandemic for humans.
With your support, we can lobby governments and leaders with more conviction for change and collaborate with like-minded conservation organisations on vital life-saving projects that will shut down wildlife trafficking for good.
Please add your signature now to stop pandemics at the source, by helping us stop wildlife trafficking.
Photo credit: Brent Stirton