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Tackling illegal wildlife trade to prevent another pandemic
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In a two-minute video, viewers are transported into the seedy world of wildlife trafficking that shows how people from across Myanmar are paying for this trade with their health. The video is designed to serve as a reminder of how much the world, and Myanmar specifically, has lost as a result of COVID-19 and what could be at stake if the wildlife trade continues.
Local wildlife expert and researcher Dr. Nay Myo Shwe, who is featured in the video and other communications materials, said:
“Everything in nature has a purpose. Removing wildlife from their natural home harms our communities and our environment. We need to change our behaviour to ensure that Myanmar’s forests, rivers and skies will not be emptied of wildlife and that another pandemic is not added to the existing challenges in Myanmar.”
When we remove animals from the wild, we are all at risk of paying a high price. We can prevent another pandemic.
Don’t eat, don’t keep, don’t trade wildlife.
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Recent research by WWF’s Asia-Pacific office showed a 74% increase in Facebook posts selling wildlife items in Myanmar between 2020 and 2021.
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