Wild market smells as death: banning the sale of wild meat will save humanity

Wild market smells as death

The wild market is a dangerous place. It exists in many countries, and it trades in illegal wildlife products. The situation with the coronavirus, when the scientists said that wild animals became the source of COVID-19, makes us decide on the widespread closure of the wild markets. For decades, conservationists have benn developing the schemes to save the rare species that are being hunted illegally.

Today, these schemes are also considered by those countries where hunting bans do not have special actions. One approach is to reduce the demand for wildlife products. And in that case, the wild market simply ceases to exist.

To that end, zoodefenders offer to convince people more so that they stop eating lizard meat, rare animals, and use rhino horn in medicine. Thus, it is supposed to create a global ban on international trade and stop poachers. In 2015, 32 countries of the world came together to eradicate the market for illegal wildlife products. Now the scientists have decided to revise the attitude of health authorities to the topic in order to strengthen control over the wild market.

A number of projects are designed to convince people to reconsider their behavior regarding the demand for such a product. The scientists propose to do that more actively use the media, television, post thematic banners, distribute leaflets.

Over the year, statistics showed that 8% of the population abandoned wild-market products. Such companies urge people to look for alternatives in modern medicine and products that are safe, certified and healthy for much more than those products that are offered in the wild market.

The experts believe that the current campaigns can reduce demand, but it is completely impossible to eradicate it. Many projects will fail or have different consequences, but all of them should encourage people to refuse purchasing wild market goods.

When the ban on trade in rhinoceros was passed in 1980, Japan switched to another product - saiga horns, putting that species of animals on the brink of the extinction. Today the consequences of such decisions help to understand the motives for using illegal products to offer effective alternatives.