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We are living through unprecedented times. COVID-19 has swept through our nations, communities and our homes, touching each and every one of us and changing the way we live in unimaginable ways. But we know the likely causes of this pandemic, and it's time to end the exploitation of wildlife and wildlife habitats that increases our exposure to pathogens that jump from animals to humans. It's time to make our voices heard. It's time to say enough is enough. Now that our own vulnerability has been laid bare, it's time to demand #ExtinctionEndsHere -- for all life on earth.
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I CHOOSE TO END EXTINCTION
- End actions that increase the risk of future pandemics
- End the exploitation of wildlife and wild places
- End actions that exacerbate the extinction and climate crises
- End the illusion that we are separate from nature
I CHOOSE BUSINESS AS USUAL
- Ignore the source of pandemics and count the days until the next
- Condone the exploitation of wildlife and wild places
- Rely on fossil fuels and outdated agricultural practices that exacerbate the climate and extinction crises
- Continue under the illusion that our health is separate from the health of our planet
HERE’S WHAT TO DO NEXT
SIGN THE DECLARATION TO #ENDTHETRADE
Join health professionals, conservation organizations, celebrities, and others in a global movement to call on our world’s governments to permanently end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals, for consumption, worldwide. The #EndTheTrade Coalition is urging the world’s governments to recognize that this is among the most important decisions that the global community can make to prevent future pandemics and global disruption. Visit the declaration page to learn more about the coalition and other groups that have signed on! Every voice counts.
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@mitty // SeaLegacy Co-Founder: Photographer and Conservation Storyteller
“Covid19 is a crisis of our own making. The next Covid can only be prevented if we tackle the problem at the source, and that is to ban the commercial trade of wildlife so that #ExtinctionEndsHere.
@shawnheinrichs // SeaLegacy Co-Founder: Filmmaker, Photographer and Conservation Storyteller
"#ExtinctionEndsHere when we decide that we will no longer be complicit in global crisis that is threatening the survival of all species. “
@paulnicklen // SeaLegacy Co-Founder: National Geographic Photographer, Filmmaker and Conservation Storyteller
“The plight of the natural world can only be solved if we realign our values to respect the natural world. #ExtinctionEndsHere only if we can end the exploitation of and cruelty towards all wild creatures.“
@andy_mann // SeaLegacy Senior Fellow: Filmmaker, Photographer and Conservation Storyteller
@renan_ozturk // National Geographic Photographer, The North Face Climber, Film-maker, Landscape Artist
"Our impact on this earth sometimes so destructive with the lifestyles society has dealt many of us. #ExtinctionEndsHere only if our species can realize some of the greater truths and make real sacrifices for the greater good."
@paulhiltonphoto // Wildlife Crimes Consultant, Photojournalist and Filmmaker
"#ExtinctionEndsHere we must respect all species, protecting them ferociously because ultimately all life, depends on it. Without the complexed web of life, we all die. It's that simple “
Sarah Wayne Callies
@sarahwaynecallies // Actress, Writer, Director
"My children need to know that the choices we are making honors their future and the future of the planet that gives them a home. We can make choices as a family to do our part so that #ExtinctionEndsHere."
@shannonelizabeth // Actor, Activist, Conservationist, Vegan
"#ExtinctionEndsHere when we stop treating everything like a commodity that we can just take, torture and sell. This beautiful planet of ours is full of majestic fauna and flora that is to be admired and protected. If human greed does not stop, we’ll all cease to exist. We are one.”
@trulyjuliechang // TV Journalist, Host, Storyteller & Conservationist
"One day? Or Day one? Our planet is signaling to us in every way possible that we have to take better ownership of our only home. #ExtinctionEndsHere if we start NOW. Inspiration has shallow roots, let's all find a way to take action today.”
@emilytosta // Actress
"#ExtinctionEndsHere when we learn that we are a part of nature and we must learn to live harmoniously with it, care for it, respect it, value it and protect it. It is our only home. We all have the ability to make changes and create better habits! Let's do it together!”