- NO more trading of wildlife, experts say.
- The big wild cat, tiger has a confirmed case of coronavirus in New York.
- Wildlife are roaming free, while humans self-isolate.
Coronavirus has mirrored our life culture and taught us nothing is more important than to “Live and let live”. There has been a catastrophic change on the animals across the world such as a coughing tiger in NEW YORK and emboldened goats in WALES.
The trade of global wildlife!
Starting with China, where it all began by selling wild animal live held a lot of attention and we are paying the price today!
The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society is urging governments to ban live animal markets and stop illegal trafficking and poaching of wild animals.
In the wake of the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China introduced a ban on all farming and consumption of live wildlife, which is expected to become law later this year.
There are voices around the world i.e. urging to stop wet markets – that which sell live and dead animals for human consumption – to prevent future pandemics.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, acting executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and Jinfeng Zhou, secretary-general of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, have made participated equally to the calls for authorities to ban the wildlife markets permanently.
The void of care for zoo animals is making them sick.
The coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, meaning it jumped from animals to humans. Now, it seems to be jumping back.
On Monday, news emerged that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus. It is thought the tiger, named Nadia, along with six other big cats, were infected by an asymptomatic zookeeper.
The cats have been showing symptoms, including a dry cough, since late March. Paul Calle, the chief vet at the zoo, told Reuters, “This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick.”
- The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has since reiterated that there is no evidence yet that pets can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the US.
- Zoos across the globe have been closed as part of national lockdown and zookeepers says their most intelligent and social animals – including gorillas, otters and meerkats – are missing the attention of humans.
- Nathan Hawke, from Orana wildlife park in New Zealand, told The Guardian that many rare and endangered animals continued to show up for their daily “meet the public” appointments – despite the fact there is nobody there to watch them.
Zoo animals’ newfound privacy may have had some unexpected benefits. In Ocean Park in Hong Kong, it is thought that Ying Ying, one of the resident pandas, maybe pregnant after 10 years of attempts at natural mating. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the park has been closed to visitors since late January.
Michael Boos, executive director at Ocean Park, said, “The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.”
Directionless wildlife is losing balance!
With humans self-isolating in their homes, animals that usually stay away from urban areas now have space to roam.
In northern India, a herd of deer was caught on camera walking the streets of Haridwar during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. And wild boar has been spotted in the centre of Barcelona, Spain.
Becky Thomas, a Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway, says there will be winners and losers from this temporary change in human behaviour.
In the UK, hedgehogs are enjoying relatively car-free roads, but ducks, which rely on food provided by humans, are going hungry.