This week a friend reflected sadly ‘nothing will ever be the same again.’ I don’t believe it should be. A prime example of what needs to change post-pandemic is the trade in wild animals. This trade, especially in mammals and birds in certain high-risk contexts, increases the risk of new infectious diseases emerging in humans. This has happened before, is of course happening now, will happen more frequently, and will happen again if we do not transform our relationship with nature, which we must do as a critical investment in the future health of ourselves and our planet.
This is why Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is calling for immediate action to:
- Halt the commercial trade in wild mammals and birds (including from captive-breeding facilities) for human consumption, from and within high-risk areas. This excludes legal harvest of wild meat species for household consumption and for limited local trade amongst those who currently have no alternative.
- Review and reform of commercial legal trade in wild animals (including those from captive-breeding facilities) to substantially reduce the risk of zoonotic disease emergence and transmission to humans.
- Sustained protection and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity as a critical investment in the future health of ourselves and our planet.
You can read FFI’s full position and recommendations here.