6th April 2020

World Health Day 2020 - Ban Wildlife Trade

On World Health Day (7th April 2020), in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic believed to have originated in a live wildlife market, we have joined with 240 other organisations from around the globe to call for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to recommend that governments worldwide ban wildlife markets and the use of wildlife in traditional medicine.

“The selling of live wild animals in markets is both cruel and facilitates the spread of viruses by bringing stressed animals of different species into close proximity where this would not naturally occur. Wildlife markets pose an increasing risk to human health and a danger to the conservation of bats and other wildlife. Bat Conservation Trust recognises the need to take urgent action which is why we have joined this broad coalition of organisations demanding governments ban wildlife markets.” – Kit Stoner, CEO Bat Conservation Trust

To read the open letter to the WHO click HERE.