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Pangolins are thought to be the most illegally traded mammal in the world, and are believed by some to have been involved in the transmission chain of coronavirus to people. Photograph: Neil D’Cruze/World Animal Protection

A fruit bat is sold at Jatinegara market in Jakarta, Indonesia. Research suggests that Covid-19 may have originated in bats. | Photograph: Aaron Gekoski/World Animal Protection

The wildlife trade is big business, and for some people, it’s their 9-5. Selling bats or lemurs is nothing more to them than an america farmer selling a cow.

Unfortunately those sales bleed over into economies where wild animal trading is frowned upon, and in some case, it’s downright illegal. It’s people in those economies that are seeking a ban for wild animal trading.

Several states in the US already have bans on wild animal trading while many others work to that end.

World Animal Protection has launched a campaign calling on Boris Johnson to support a global trade ban for wildlife at the G20 meeting of world leaders in November, to protect wildlife and help prevent future zoonotic pandemics.

The images provide examples where animals are traded for food, entertainment, traditional medicine and as exotic pets.

See all images and more details at the source: Wildlife trade in pictures: campaigners call for global ban

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