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July 02, 2020 - The Independent (UK)

Tackling the global demand that's driving the illegal wildlife trade

Tackling the global demand that's driving the illegal wildlife trade
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Some endangered species are sought out as delicacies while others are coveted for their medicinal properties or decorative value.

The global expert who helped draft China’s first animal welfare law has a succinct message for protecting wildlife: “If we don’t buy, they don’t die.”

Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director for Asia at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told The Independent that understanding the driving forces behind the demand for wildlife and their parts was integral to tackling the illegal wildlife trade (IWT).

The Independent’s Stop The Wildlife Trade campaign was launched by its proprietor Evgeny Lebedev to call for an end to high-risk wildlife markets and for an international effort to regulate the illegal trade in wild animals to reduce our risk of future pandemics.

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