In a positive new step towards tackling future pandemics, we welcome stronger controls on the illegal trade and consumption of wildlife introduced by the Prime Minister of Viet Nam.
COVID-19 is just the latest in a long line of zoonotic diseases, which jump from animals to humans. So, after urging and support from WWF and others, we are pleased to see action by Viet Nam to help stop people coming into contact with wildlife that have a high risk of spreading disease. This includes stricter controls on hunting, transport, sale and consumption of wildlife – and, importantly, improved regulation of the wildlife farming industry. This is a great step forward. But, of course, we recognize that there needs to be broader global action. And we also know that the ongoing destruction of forests and other natural areas must also be tackled to help prevent people coming into contact with high-risk wildlife.