Anti-wildlife trafficking groups target viral origin

Conservationists are demanding an end to the wildlife trade to stamp out the root cause of zoonotic outbreaks such as the coronavirus pandemic, which likely originated at a wet market in Wuhan, China and has infected more than 2,800 people in Thailand.

Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) recently, Steven Galster, the founder of Freeland, an international counter-trafficking organisation, called for efforts to end the commercial wildlife trade and expand natural habitats.

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Thana Boonlert