WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING AS CATALYST OF (COVID 19) PANDEMIC
Abstract: The global problem of wildlife trafficking has once again been put in the center of attention during the ongoing Covid19 crisis. Regardless of the origin of the virus, whether coming from an animal or stemming from a laboratory accident, and regardless if we will ever be able to establish the facts on this question, the issue of illegal trade with animals, whether being alive or dead, whether their transport as live stock or only their selected body parts, has become topical. Even before the current pandemic, it was well known that SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu, and MERS were caused by pathogens that have spread from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases). At the same time, the wildlife market is one of the biggest black markets in the world. Here is the intersection with the criminal justice system.
Therefore, this paper will deal with wildlife trafficking as a crime in general, then put it in the context of pandemics, as well as analyze the most relevant and/or specific international and national legal solutions on this issue.
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