Almost 90 per cent of the 180 recognised RNA viruses that can harm humans are zoonotic in origin. But disease biosurveillance of the world’s wildlife markets and legal trade is largely absent, putting humanity at significant risk.
Experts say that a 'One Health' approach is urgently needed to prevent future pandemics — simultaneously addressing human, animal and ecosystem health, protecting humanity and nature, and incorporating disease risk into decision-making.
Erik Meijaard and Jonathan Ledgard –
Giving wild apes digital wallets linked to their identities would mean that they will be able to 'spend money' on their own protection. This could increase their chances of survival.
Jane Goodall –
Jane Goodall argues that our exploitation of animals and the environment has contributed to pandemics, including the Covid-19 crisis. Wildlife trafficking, factory farming and the destruction of habitats are drivers of zoonotic diseases.
George Wittemyer –
Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease.
Robin Hicks –
The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.