The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the catastrophic risks of live animal markets and urban bushmeat trade for emerging diseases and the potential for devastating impact.

With global attention on the health risks of the wildlife trade and calls to close such markets, now is the time for WildAid to accelerate efforts to ensure permanent bushmeat bans are enacted and enforced, and demand for such products is eradicated for the future of both humans and wildlife.

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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. 

Journalists on deadline may email communications@wildaid.org