Zoonotic diseases. Pathogens. Bats. Pangolins. Wildlife Trade. Deforestation. Vaccine. Long-term solutions. Questions.
COVID-19 has alerted us to re-evaluate our relationship with nature. Scientists, virologists, epidemiologists and evolutionary biologists suggest that more pathogen spillovers are inevitable unless we evolve a more sustainable relationship with nature.
It is for this reason that the Sanctuary Nature Foundation and The Corbett Foundation are coming together to launch the ‘Stop Slaughtering Wildlife’ – Prevent the Next Pandemic’ campaign.
(Left) An Indian crested porcupine for sale at Sonepur fair, Bihar. Photo: Shubhobroto Ghosh. (Right) The carcass of a Bengal slow loris hanging in a market in Nagaland. Photo: Hira Punjabi.
The aim of the project is to:
Sanctuary and The Corbett Foundation have launched a Ketto crowdfunding endeavour for the campaign.
Donations raised will be used to support grassroots organisations and individuals who will work with us to build bridges with local communities and create awareness about the impact of close contact with wild species (for the wildlife trade, zoos, pets, etc.). Click the button below to head to the page.
Communities identified on the ground:
Here’s a ready reckoner with articles, reports and other resources on the ongoing campaign to prevent the next pandemic.