Petition: Illegal Bushmeat Smuggled into UK Could Lead to Another Pandemic

Petition: Illegal Bushmeat Smuggled into UK Could Lead to Another Pandemic

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Experts are warning that the illegal trade in the could lead to additional zoonotic disease transmission.

According to the Mirror, the amount of illegal bushmeat smuggled into the country has doubled since 2015. Border staff seized over a thousand kg of meat in 2018/2019, a number that increases every year. Experts are saying that illegal bushmeat smuggling is just as dangerous to humans as it is to animals, considering the possibilities of diseases being transported in the meat.

Dr. Ben Garrod, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, told the Mirror, “While this global pandemic started in Wuhan, it is just as possible for the next one to start in London or Washington.

Currently, animal meat and body parts are being illegally transported all around the world. Airlines and border agencies are great at stopping people, drugs and weapons from being smuggled.

But here we are with something more fundamentally dangerous than any act of terrorism or natural disaster, yet it is allowed to go largely unchecked.

Until those transporting products of animal origins internationally are stopped, we are going to see primates, pangolins and other exotic, endangered animals coming into the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.”

He added, “Unless that stops we are going to see more epidemics and more species in decline.” He recommended testing meat to ensure its safety and legality before transferring it between countries.

Scientists believe that the spread of , or , started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China.

You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this to ban the .

Lead Image Source : NBCAN/ Shutterstock.com

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 April 2020.


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Chris Hernandez

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80 320 SUPPORTERS – 85 000 OBJECTIF….

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Less than zero tolerance for cruel and stupid

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Vous avez signé le août 7, 2013

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already signed 5/3/20

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Vous avez signé le August 7, 2013

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Isabelle Fernandès

Arrêtez le commerce de la faune destinataire: Parlement européen, presse.botschaftchina @ gmail.com, chinaembpress_us @ mfa.gov.cn, chine-ambassade @ bluewin.ch, info @ cdu.de, pm @ pm.gc.ca, europabuero.schulz @ spd.de ,plus 79 993 SUPPORTERS – 80000 OBJECTIF Chaque année, des milliards d’animaux sont capturés et tués de façon inhumaine pour vous divertir et pour fabriquer des produits que vous pouvez acheter ici et dans le monde. C’est ce qu’on appelle le commerce international de la faune, et vous pouvez aider à l’arrêter en évitant les produits et les expériences qui proviennent de ces animaux maltraités. Tous les virus comme COVID19 liés à la… Read more »

Richi Grant

Hmmm familiar solution maybe? CONTROL OUR BORDERS