A vendor sells meat at Khlong Toei wet market despite fears of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on April 14, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

The connection between so-called “wet markets” and the Covid-19 pandemic is the focus of a major new effort dubbed END THE TRADE. We talk to Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid who warns of the health risks associated with eating wild animals. His organization is part of the campaign to stop commercial wildlife trade. Knights warns many smuggled wildlife species are host to pathogens that if spread to humans could lead to an even worse pandemic in the future.

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About WildAid

WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn and shark fin soup. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than $218 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. 

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