Never before have we seen how the human use of wildlife can yield such catastrophe, as we have with COVID-19.
The current available evidence indicates COVID-19 was first transmitted in a wildlife market in Wuhan. The disease likely originated in pangolins, bats, or a combination of both and was then transmitted to humans.
While various commentators have blamed pangolins, bats, or even our lack of “mastery” of wildlife, the real cause of this pandemic goes deeper – into the laws, cultures and institutions of most countries.
At the root of the problem is a social phenomenon called “human-wildlife conflict”. This is when the interests of humans and the needs of wildlife overlap in a negative way. MORE
Header image: The Ebola virus could be connected to poverty in Gabon. Credit: Shutterstock.