HONG KONG , CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 September 2020 - The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime (EWC) today outlined an innovative "One Health" approach to reforming wildlife trade laws that the group said would help avoid future devastating wildlife-related pandemics.

"No organisation on its own can address the multiple threats that could lead to the emergence of new wildlife-related diseases, or the spread of older diseases, with potential catastrophic consequences for economies, people and wildlife," said EWC chair, John E Scanlon AO. "We must take a collaborative global approach to wildlife trade, one that brings together animal, human and environmental health -- a "One Health" approach -- and embed it into the international legal framework if we want give ourselves the best chance of averting future wildlife-related pandemics." ...