At Collision 2021, Peter Knights, CEO and founder of WildAid, and Bo Derek, actor and wildlife advocate, in a fireside chat with Mongabay’s Terna Gyuse discussed wildlife markets, and the link that exists between the illegal wildlife trade and zoonotic diseases such as SARs, Ebola, MERs and Covid-19.
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WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect wildlife from illegal trade and other imminent threats. 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 $308 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.
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