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Ricky Gervais asks Boris Johnson to End Exotic Pet Trade
Ricky Gervais is among several celebs to have signed an open letter urging Boris Johnson to help stop the exotic pet trade. The open letter was sent on behalf of World Animal Protection and the Campaign to End Wildlife Trade was signed by 24 NGOs including World Animal Protection, Compassion in World Farming, Four Paws UK and Cruelty Free International.
Its distinguished signatories included Ricky, who is frequently outspoken about animal welfare; actor Dame Judi Dench; presenter Sue Perkins;, singer Leona Lewis and Paul O’Grady.
In the letter, it stated that the demand for wild animals and theirl products is a primary cause of the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases and a severe risk to the population of the world.
It explained that diseases such as Covid-19, plus other conditions including SARS, Ebola and Mers, are thought to have passed from wildlife to humans.
“With your world leadership we must ensure a zoonotic pandemic like this never occurs again,” it stated in the letter.
“Therefore, we are calling on you to lead the G20 to end the international trade in wild animals and wild animal products, asking global institutions and bodies to put in place mechanisms to develop, facilitate and implement this ban.”
According to the CEWT, the UK imports thousands of protected wild animals into the country, which are captured in the wild and legally imported.
TV presenter Simon Reeve, who also signed the letter, said that “tackling the source” of the Covid-19 outbreak must be a priority”.
“Ceasing the exploitation of wildlife for the exotic pet trade, traditional medicine and entertainment industries will take us one giant step closer to safeguarding our health and the future of the planet,” he said.
Sonul Badiani-Hamment, UK external affairs adviser at World Animal Protection, said that a planetary effort is needed to end the exotic pet trade.
“To build back stronger we need to tackle the causes of this virus, avoid the inaction following previous epidemics and work together with countries around the globe to end the wildlife trade and help prevent future zoonotic outbreaks,”.