Petition: Shut Down Illegal Online Wildlife Trade!

Petition: Shut Down Illegal Online Wildlife Trade!

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Due to the pandemic, China and other countries temporarily banned the . However, hasn’t actually stopped, It unfortunately just moved online.

This is terrible for many reasons — it affects animals who are already endangered, still poses a risk to public health, and it’s difficult to regulate the wildlife trade online.

According to Al Jazeera: “China’s top e-commerce and express delivery operators are under pressure from the government and wildlife activists to become de facto enforcers of the country’s temporary ban on the trade in wildlife.

In the first month of the ban, e-commerce platforms aided in the removal, deletion or blocking of information relating to 140,000 wildlife products from bushmeat to animal parts used in , and closed down about 17,000 accounts associated with the trade, an official from China’s State Council said in late February.”

Head of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation,Zhou Jinfeng says: “Right now, there isn’t enough regulation specifying the responsibility of online platforms.

If they don’t play their role and are not able to step up their monitoring mechanisms, stopping online wildlife trade will be difficult.”

Unfortunately, criminals always try to find a way and According to Alliance, “ is a $10-$20 billion-a-year industry that is pushing many endangered species to the brink of extinction.”

One out of every five vertebrates on land is affected by the wildlife trade — that’s how big its span is.

But not only are animals being driven to extinction, but are a threat to public health. Coronavirus isn’t the first zoonotic disease to sweep the world and kill thousands.

Sign this petition asking Zhong Shan, Chinese Minister of Commerce, to take immediate action to introduce legislation in China that would put an end to the online trade of wildlife once and for all!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 10 June 2020. Lead Image Source : Afrianto Silalahi/Shutterstock.


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Lorraine Barratt

S & S

Michael Mulherin

Signed

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Another disgusting example of humans cruel and beyond stupid

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

You’re still using that awful Care Petition site. There are others that are far more straighforward. Filling their’s is like reading through War & Peace Part One!

Sandy Selak

GOD get you good~

Alison Moanique

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Diane Applin

Done

Di Sianny Bryant

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Stacey Holliday

Signed xx