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Emerging Zoonoses and the Risk Posed by Wildlife Markets

Emerging Zoonoses and the Risk Posed by Wildlife Markets
(March 17, 2020) "Facing such a vast, unknown and unpredictable universe of zoonotic agents," write WCS's Amanda Fine and Aili Kang on Medium, "we firmly believe that limiting the chances of contact between human and wild animals is the most effective way to reduce the risk of emergence of new zoonotic diseases."READ MOREPhoto By: Elizabeth L. Bennett/ WCS

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There is No Risk Free Trade in Wildlife

There is No Risk Free Trade in Wildlife
(March 13, 2020) The Prime Minister of Viet Nam has directed the Government to promptly draft a directive to prohibit wildlife trade and consumption. The following statement has been issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning these important steps being taken to prevent future outbreaks of zoonotic pathogens like COVID-19:  Said Ms. Hoang Bich Thuy, Country Director of WCS Vietnam:  “We commend Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for his leadership in taking this important first step. We ...

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Where did COVID-19 Come From?

Where did COVID-19 Come From?
(March 12, 2020) In order to prevent the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases, we need to halt the illegal poaching and trafficking of wild animals and ban live animal markets that trade wildlife. While protecting public health, these actions will also address a major driver of species extinction.Did Coronavirus Come From Bats?  "Bats have a unique adaptation of their immune system," WCS's Dr. Christian Walzer says in this video, "which allows them to harbor viruses without these viruses causing a...

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Happy World Wildlife Day!

Happy World Wildlife Day!
(March 03, 2020) As the world focuses on the zoonotic COVID-19 outbreak, we are highlighting  The Berlin Principles; an urgent call to governments, academia, and civil society that all sectors need to break down barriers to ensure a united effort to prevent the emergence or resurgence of diseases that threaten humans, wildlife, and livestock.The Berlin Principles were developed and issued at the "One Planet, One Health, One Future" conference organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the ...

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The Chinese Government's Ban on Wildlife Trade: A Big Step Forward, With Caveats

The Chinese Government's Ban on Wildlife Trade: A Big Step Forward, With Caveats
(February 28, 2020) WCS welcomes this critical and positive step that reflects the central government’s commitment to both solving the COVID-19 outbreak and preventing future risks. We also believe that the live trade in all wild birds and mammals should be prohibited:  WCS Statement and Analysis: On the Chinese Government’s Decision Prohibiting Some Trade and Consumption of Wild AnimalsWCS's Dr. Chris Walzer tells the New York Times: China’s Ban on Wildlife Trade a Big Step, but Ha...

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