The commercial wildlife trade is cruel and a hotbed for emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19. Join us in demanding an end to the global commercial wildlife trade forever.
Every day, thousands of animals are forced into the multi-billion dollar global trade in wildlife – killed for food, harvested for traditional medicine, traded as 'exotic' pets or forced into a life of suffering in entertainment.
The UK government has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead the world in bringing an end to the commercial trade in wildlife. This year, at the G20 summit in November, we are calling on the government to call for a global commercial wildlife trade ban and to introduce a new law to ban the import and export of certain wild animals and wild animal products in the UK.
Wild animals don't belong to us, they belong in the wild
Horrific conditions cause unimaginable suffering in the global commercial wildlife trade. This also creates a hotbed of diseases that originate from animals, leading to deadly outbreaks like SARS and now COVID-19.
With the impact and grim reality of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe, we can no longer ignore the dangers of exploiting wild animals:
60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they originate from animals, with 70% of this thought to originate from wild animals
The methods used to snatch these animals from their natural habitats are often extremely distressing for animals and can cause injury and even death
As well as needing to end the pain and suffering inflicted on animals, we must stop this commercial trade now to help prevent future global health crises and protect our environment for generations to come.
Please join us in calling on the government to secure a global commercial wildlife trade ban and end the import and export of wild animals into the UK, take action now.