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Pangolin Rescue. Wet-markets and Pandemics.

Lion Rescue from Breeding / Canned Hunting Farms
20 September 2020
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5 December 2020

WildatLife is working intensively, both undercover and on emergency rescues, in the notorious Nigerian wet-markets. The trafficking is decimating the wildlife population and are places that gives birth to pandemics. We need an international ban on wet-markets. This goal needs to be achieved on a governmental, both on national and international level, to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

The Customs Service in Lagos, Nigeria seized lion bones and pangolin scales worth 952 million Naira, roughly £2 million, comprising of 162 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 8,800kgs and 57 sacks last month.

This is why the work of Wildatlife e.V is very important and can see the NGO’s undercover teams face grave dangers working to investigate wildlife trafficking and wet-markets to put an end to the illegal trafficking. We must ban wet markets globally. Wet markets are “time-bombs” for pandemics and have been the source of documented disease outbreaks in the past, including SARS and COVID-19. This kind of proximity between people and wildlife carries huge disease risks. Infectious diseases cause about a quarter of human deaths. Of these deaths, almost 60% are zoonotic in origin. Of the zoonoses, more than 70% are from wildlife. 

In the past month our team has rescued countless Pangolins, duiker, sea turtle and an infant baboon from being slaughtered or boiled alive. We have successfully released most of these Pangolins back to the protected forest. We need to stop the trade globally, otherwise we will lose the pangolins and many other species while we also will run the risk of having more future pandemics and zoonotic diseases. We are calling on governments around the world to take action and ban these markets.

WildatLife valuable mission on these horrendous places have attracted a lot of media attention. A cover was done by Daily Mail Science as well:

Wildatlife e.V. featured on ITV NEWS at 10 for our work to expose wet markets in africa and we voiced our concerns that the next pandemic shall arise from Africa, if we do not close wet markets down globally. We have worked intensively to educate, protect, rescue and rehabilitate wild animals from the illegal wildlife trade in Africa.

Scientists believe wet markets are a breeding ground for diseases, a high risk environment, from where the next pandemic could emerge. “Every single animal at a wet market is likely to have an infection,” Malcolm Bennett from the University of Nottingham said. He is Professor of Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases.