Survey Backs Calls to End Illegal Wildlife Markets

Illegal wildlife markets could be consigned to the dustbins of history within five years amid a public outcry over their capacity to spread disease, and a widespread belief that the trade at least contributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a sentiment that has been backed by a survey by the World Wildlife Fund and strategic consultants GlobeScan, covering five key markets in East Asia, where consumption from illegal wildlife markets remains prevalent.

Matt Hunt, chief executive officer at Save the Bears in Cambodia, said massive change would occur in how people live as a result of the pandemic and said such surveys should back government efforts to shut down illegal wildlife markets.

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