3RD AUGUST 2020
THE EMS FOUNDATION AND THE WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION ORGANISATION ADDRESS A PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, HIS EXCELLENCY CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, MEMBER OF THE G20 AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION
We, the EMS Foundation and the World Animal Protection – Africa, with the endorsement of the undersigned African organisations, request President Cyril Ramaphosa―as a member of the G20 and as Chairman of the African Union―to support a G20 ban on international wildlife trade and an immediate and permanent closure of wild animal markets.
Scientists agree that a genomic comparison suggests that the SARS-Cov-2 or COVID_19 pandemic is the result of a recombination between two different viruses, meaning that the exact origin of the virus is unclear.
In December 2019, 27 of the first 41 people
hospitalized with the virus passed through a food market located in the heart of Wuhan city in Hubei Province in China. The vendors at this market brought a variety of live wild animals together for purchase, slaughter and consumption. The scientists are still not sure in which animal species the virus occurred, bats and pangolins could both have been the reservoir for the virus.
The COVID_19 pandemic has overwhelmed health systems and economies across the world. The crisis is still affecting the global economic structure in ways that will last for decades to come.
The pandemic has reinforced the importance of physical access to key sources of goods production. More activity will become virtual and therefore global but at the same time the production of physical goods will become national.
All available evidence for COVID_19 suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has a zoonotic source. Since there is usually limited close contact between human and bats, it is more likely that transmission of the virus to humans happened through another species, on that is more likely to be handled by humans.
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This petition is authored and signed by:
Tennyson Williams – Director – World Animal Protection, Africa and Michele Pickover – Director – EMS Foundation
This petition is supported by the following organisations:
Ban Animal Trading – South Africa – Smaragda Louw
Four Paws Animal Welfare Foundation – South Africa – Fiona Miles
Humane Society International – Africa – Tony Gerrans
Future 4 Wildlife – South Africa – Stefania Falcon
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – South Africa – Megan Carr
Animal Law Reform South Africa – Amy P. Wilson
Baboon Matters – Jenni Trethowan
Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa – Toni Brockhoven
Centre for Animal Rehab and Education – South Africa – Samantha Dewhirst
South Peninsula Customary Khoisan Council – South Africa – Stephen Fritz
Global White Lion Protection Trust – South Africa – Linda Tucker
Institute for Critical Animal Studies Africa – Les Mitchell
Monkey Helpline – South Africa – Steve Smit
Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching – Kim Da Ribeira
Sea Shepherd South Africa – Prathna Singh
Southern African Fight for Rhinos – Lex Abnett
Vervet Monkey Foundation – South Africa – Dave Du Toit
WildAid Southern Africa – Guy Jennings
African Climate Alliance – South Africa – Said Irux
GFG Environmental Education – South Africa – Jabu Myeni
Parliament for the People, Regenerative Farming and Climate Justice in South Africa – Vivien Law
Youth Climate Group – South Africa – Sera Farista
Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute – Francesca De Gasparis
Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations – South Africa – Rehad Desai
Extinction Rebellion South Africa – Anita Khanna
Panthera Africa – South Africa – Catherine Nyquist and Lizaene Cornwall
Dr Brett Bard – Veterinarian, South Africa
South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public and Human Rights International Law – South Africa – Professor David Bilchitz
Advocates 4 Earth – Green Law Connect, Zimbabwe – Lenin Chisaira
Zimbabwe Elephant Foundation – Nomusa Dube
Elephant Human Relationship Aid, Namibia – Rachel Harris
Dr Ross Harvey – Environmental Economist, Botswana
Hands-Off Fernkloof, South Africa – Peter Hodgskin
Mutare SPCA, Zimbabwe – Lynne James
WildlfeDirect, Kenya – Dr Paula Kahumbu
Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa – Jmi Karani
Conservation Kenya – Dr Winnie Kiiru
Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Kenya – Kahindi Lekalhaile
Giorgio Lombardi – Vogelgat Nature Reserve – South Africa
Advocate 4 Earth, Zimbabwe – Linda Masudze
Bring the Elephant Home – South Africa – Antoinette van de Water
Professor Dan Wylie – Rhodes University – South Africa
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