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From Faunalytics.org
July 2021

The illegal wildlife trade is valued at an estimated $23 billion; in comparison, the legal trade is worth over 17 times as much, at almost $400 billion. 

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In Wuhanís so-called ďwet market,Ē most wild animals are sold legally. This includes bats, thought to be the origin of the COVID-19 virus. While clamping down on the illegal wildlife trade is important as we try to prevent diseases from spreading to humans, itís not the whole picture.

This article ó a response to another article published in January 2021 on the risks of zoonotic disease posed by the illegal wildlife trade ó uses the same studies as the original authors to expand on their point, arguing that we must not overlook the risks of the legal wildlife trade. The illegal wildlife trade is valued at an estimated $23 billion; in comparison, the legal trade is worth over 17 times as much, at almost $400 billion.

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