Global wildlife trade and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Global wildlife trade and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Host and sponsoring MP: The Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP


  • Luke Pollard MP
    Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Sir David Amess MP
    Conservative MP for Southend West
  • Professor Scott Weese
    Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
  • Sonul Badiani-Hamment
    World Animal Protection UK External Affairs Advisor

COVID-19 is a wakeup call for the world – and the case for a global wildlife trade ban has never been more urgent. The pandemic has shown that zoonotic diseases are an ever-present threat. With 70% of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases thought to originate from wildlife we believe it is time to end the commercial trade and thus drastically reduce the chances of future zoonotic pandemic outbreaks. 

World Animal Protection is leading the Campaign to End Wildlife Trade, a coalition of 25 of the UK’s leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups, calling on the UK government to champion an end to the international trade in wild animals and wild animal products for commercial purposes at the upcoming meeting of G20 leaders in November. We invite you to join us at a virtual Parliamentary reception to discuss this important campaign and show your support for the UK Government to take action at the G20 to prevent future zoonotic pandemics.

This event was first screened on Thursday 5th November, 2020.