Cambodia’s silent wildlife slaughter for bushmeat risks zoonotic crossovers (video)

A recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature Cambodia report has documented the alarming rate of wildlife slaughter for the illicit bushmeat trade, raising concerns of the risk of a home-grown zoonotic crossover event similar to one theory of how the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak began.

In its report, Silence of the Snares: Southeast Asia’s Snaring Crisis, the international non-governmental organisation reports that 234,291 snares were removed from five protected areas in Cambodia between 2010-2019.

Describing snaring as “a major concern to wildlife survival” in Cambodia, Seng Teak, WWF Cambodia country director said “strengthened legislation, effective prosecution, and increased penalty are crucial to end the trade in wildlife that are major targets for snaring”.

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