Cruel treatment of animals is not without influence on human safety. Protecting wildlife can prevent further epidemics of zoonoses. The world is currently struggling with the worst state of public health in recent years. The outbreak of a coronavirus-induced pandemic further demonstrated the relationship between zoonoses transmitted from animals to humans and wildlife markets. Unsustainable trade in wildlife is the second largest direct threat to biodiversity in the world.
The origins of the COVID-19 is still unknown, but WHO confirms, that it is a zoonosis. The Chinese government has announced a total ban on the consumption of wild animals, and citizens support similar actions by other governments throughout the region. The WHO reported that the current coronavirus pandemic, along with at least 61% of all human pathogens, is of animal origin. The wildlife trade is an increasing risk of the spread of zoonoses.
The world is, therefore, aiming to close all illegal and unregulated wildlife trade markets. The spreading pandemic makes us realize our impact on the environment even more clearly. We need to protect wildlife not only to protect endangered species but also for our own future safety.