Now is the time to understand how the way we treat animals impacts our health.
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Dear friend,

As an animal lover, you’ve joined us in raising issues about animal welfare and the way animals are treated around the world. We know that when animals are abused, stressed, and hurt, not only is it cruel and needless, but it can have a rippling impact.

 

As we continue to navigate this global pandemic caused by a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted naturally from animals to humans), now is the time to speak up for animals louder than ever before. Did you know that 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, and 70% of these are thought to originate from wildlife? Now is our opportunity to fight to protect animals, and to protect world health. Together, we can continue to urge governments, organizations, and companies to stop exploiting animals to save them, us and the planet.

 

Keep reading to learn more about the connection between animals and our health, and be sure to forward this email on to a friend to help everyone stay informed.

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The connection between COVID-19 and wildlife

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Globally, it is widely understood that the source of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) was a wildlife market in Wuhan where both dead and live animals were sold. We are now experiencing the devastating and damaging consequences of keeping various animal species in close contact, in stressful and unsanitary conditions. We need to make the connection between our treatment of wildlife, and our health. It’s time to end the abuse to protect animals and ourselves.

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How ending the wildlife trade will save the world

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April 7 marked World Health Day. We were proud to join dozens of other organizations, including Born Free, Blood Lions, Humane Society International and WildAid, in urging the World Health Organization to use their influence to move governments to act to prevent future pandemics like COVID-19. Together, we made several recommendations, addressing the wildlife trade, human health, ranching and industrial farming, and identifying alternative sources of protein for consumers of wild animals.

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Protecting your pets during the pandemic

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With so much of misinformation spreading quickly on social media, many of you have asked us how to best protect your pets. We’ve answered 19 of your most frequently asked questions, covering everything from pets getting sick, to going for walks, to supporting animal shelters.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about pets and coronavirus.

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Why keeping wild animals as pets is both cruel and dangerous

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Did you know that at least 15% of surveyed exotic pet owners were inspired to make their purchase by YouTube videos? Most owners buy exotic pets because they love animals, but the needs of wild animals cannot be met in our homes. On top of the welfare concerns, we are more aware than ever that when humans are in close proximity to wild animals, it increases the chance for viral pathogens to jump from a wild animal species to humans.

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Revealing the truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King

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Tiger King was the number one show on Netflix in Canada throughout April and trended on social media for weeks. Many of you expressed your disappointment in the way the docuseries addressed animal welfare, and the cruelty and danger of keeping tigers as pets.

While Joe Exotic seems to exist in a reality far away, our research shows that Canada is home to approximately 186,000 wild cats, ranging from servals to lions and tigers. It’s not even illegal across the country to own a tiger as a pet! Canada needs stronger laws to protect tigers and other wild animals.

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