A newly-hunted wild boar is taken back to a village in Borneo.
Paul Hasan Thung
Indigenous people in rural Borneo associate the coronavirus with modern life, not their traditional hunting.
Communities living near protected areas such as Nyika National Park often depend on agriculture and natural resources to survive.
Julia van Velden
Enforcement at protected areas is key way to prevent bushmeat poaching, but it's also important to recognise the contribution bushmeat makes to livelihoods, incomes and food security.
The proposed Meat Safety Act will see more wild animals landing on dinner plates.
If South Africa's proposed Meat Safety Act gets passed in its present form it opens up the possibility of massive consumption of wildlife.
Woman selling baobab fibre mats in Zimbabwe.
As the world deals with COVID-19, the sustainable use of wild species is a critical coping and resilience strategy.
A full ban on eating wildlife in China probably isn’t possible, and could encourage unregulated underground markets.
Mona monkeys are among the many species often hunted for food.
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Illegal wild animal meat is found in cities right across the world and poses a very real threat of infecting people.
Government officers seize civets in a wildlife market in Guangzhou, China to prevent the spread of SARS in 2004.
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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.
On Feb. 18, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea, people wearing face masks pass an electric screen warning about COVID-19.
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COVID-19 is not the first – nor likely the last – to emerge from the two continents.
Wildlife trade is a threat to human health.
A toucan eating a fruit in the tropical wetlands of the Pantanal, Brazil.
In the absence of animals to help larger trees reproduce, forests are suffering.
Many poachers continue to poach to improve their incomes, rather than just make ends meet.
Countries like Nigeria affected by Ebola have launched campaigns to curb the consumption of bushmeat like fruit bats.
Consuming bushmeat is thought to have contributed to the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa. Countries in the region are trying to slow down consumption.
Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
Increasing human-wildlife interactions pose threats not only to public health, but also to conservation, and well-being.
Public health is not the only way to manage epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola virus.
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