Ban Wildlife Markets to Prevent Pandemics – UN Biodiversity
Both legal and illegal commercial trading of wild birds and mammals for human consumption should be banned by the World leaders to prevent future pandemics.
As many as Hundreds of outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases have been reported in recent decades, and the rate at which they break out is increasing as human activities and encroachment undermine the integrity of naturally balanced ecosystems.
future outbreaks of zoonotic disease are highly possible. As there is an increase in the interfaces between wildlife and humans increase, primarily due to deforestation and agricultural expansion.
According to the latest data, Between the years 1940 and 2004, more than 335 new infectious diseases were recorded – more than 50 outbreaks a decade, having significant impacts for both public health and economic stability.
The most cost-effective that can be taken action various governments with immediate effect is to ban the commercial trade of wild birds and mammals for human consumption. This will not only save world form future pandemics but also save the wild animals, they too have the right to live.
From a new analysis of official figures we found that US imported almost 23 million whole animals, parts, samples and products made from bats, primates and rodents between the year 2010 and 2014.
It was found by The Center for Biological Diversity – that rodents, bats and primates, which harbor most known zoonotic infections, were exchanged dead and alive for adornments, meat, skins,trim and hunting trophies.
Dr Walzer, who is executive director of health at the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society also stated that – The commercial use of wildlife for consumption encompassing both legal and illegal trade is poorly regulated with porous boundaries between the two entities.
This exchange, especially in live creatures, makes super-interfaces along the food esteem chain, coexisting species from various geologies and natural surroundings while making ideal conditions for the trade and recombination of infections.
There have been numerous calls for boycotts like this lately. These are normally made by bunches who contradict all types of exchange wild types of fauna and vegetation, paying little mind to their structure, reason or preservation esteem. Despite the fact that the Cites secretariat regards these perspectives, this isn’t the strategy of the gatherings to the show.”
Officials and we highly recommend to include social marketing campaigns to reduce demand for wildlife as food, and providing alternative protein and micro-nutrient sources.