The intersection of Conservation Biology and Global Pandemics
February 16, 2020 7:40 PM Subscribe
How love for endangered pangolins inspired a wave of coronavirus prejudice. Dr. Jonathan Kolby, a science policy specialist who studies the international spread of diseases through the wildlife trade and the global amphibian extinction crisis writes, "Dialogues about the new coronavirus should not allow the important topic of wildlife conservation to provide a smokescreen for prejudice...It’s OK to become angry that pangolins are going extinct; we should use this energy constructively to learn more about the issue and possibly support conservation efforts. With global teamwork we can prevail against both the emerging coronavirus pandemic and the illegal wildlife trade."
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