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e-3015 (Health)

Initiated by Melissa Matlow from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Prime Minister

  • 75% of new and emerging infectious diseases affecting human health over the past decade originated from animals, principally from wildlife including MERS, SARS, Ebola, Monkeypox, HIV/AIDS, HPAI H5N1;
  • A wildlife market played a significant role in the COVID-19 outbreak and the 2002 SARS outbreak;
  • The wildlife trade increases the likelihood that a diverse array of wild animals will come into contact with each other and spread infectious diseases which can then be transmitted to humans;
  • Canada imported at least 320,081 wild animals in 2019. Over 75% of the animals imported were not subject to any import restrictions, including pathogen screening and 80% were destined for the exotic pet industry;
  • Despite existing regulations, Canada fuels the supply and demand for wildlife and wildlife products and contributes to the growth in this trade;
  • Current border measures are not sufficient in protecting public health;
  • A One Health approach to curbing the wildlife trade is one of the most effective and cost-efficient strategies to prevent the next pandemic;
  • 75% of Canadians want the Canadian government to support a ban on wildlife markets; and
  • 70% of Canadians want the government to support a global ban on the commercial trade in wild animals and stronger laws to reduce the wild animal trade in Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to support and encourage the closure of wildlife markets globally that could become sources for future pandemics and to commit to end the international and domestic trade in wild animals and their products that could aid in the spread of zoonotic diseases.
Open for signature
December 3, 2020, at 2:33 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 2, 2021, at 2:33 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Michelle Rempel Garner
Calgary Nose Hill
Conservative Caucus
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