'The report provides a stark warning about the devastating public
health risks of exploiting wild animals'
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the wildlife trade and fur farming as ‘areas of interest’ in its latest report on the origin of COVID-19.
The Animal and Environmental Studies section of the document states that the possible pathways of emergence considered to be ‘likely to very likely’ was introduction via an intermediary host.
Fur farming and wildlife trade
A specific recommendation in the report calls for ‘surveys for SARSr-CoVs in farmed wildlife or livestock that have potential to be infected’. This includes species bred for food such as ferret-badgers and civets. As well animals such as mink bred for fur.
Non-profit the Humane Society International (HSI) says the report shows that fur farming and wildlife trading ‘must be banned’. It branded the practices a ‘petri dish for the next global pandemic’.