Celebrities sign the WAP open letter to the Prime Minister

Date: 
Monday, June 29, 2020
Source: 
World Animal Protection

High profile supporters including Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench have signed our open letter calling on Boris Johnson to urge global leaders at upcoming G20 meeting to end the global wildlife trade.

The letter, which can be viewed here, argues that wild animals are being taken from the wild or farmed in cruel conditions to meet the consumer demand for exotic pets, traditional Chinese medicine and tourism.

COVID-19 link with wildlife trade

The global wildlife trade is a primary cause of the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases like Covid-19, SARS, Ebola and MERS which are all believed to have passed from wildlife to humans and are a severe risk to world health.

The letter has been sent on behalf of World Animal Protection and the Campaign to End Wildlife Trade (CEWT) which includes 24 leading animal protection and wildlife conservation groups. 

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