Scientist says “disrespect for animals and nature” caused COVID-19 pandemic

  • Jane Goodall said the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by the world’s disrespect for animals and nature
  • She said it’s good that the wildlife market in China has been temporarily banned
  • Goodal said we should consider the choices of food we take and where it came from

A renowned primatologist said that the reason for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is humans’ disregard for nature and animals.

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British primatologist Jane Goodall shared her thoughts on the health crisis that has gripped the world. During a conference call ahead of the release of the new National Geographic documentary “Jane Goodall: The Hope,” Goodal called on the world to show compassion and care for the world.

Goodal was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “It is our disregard for nature and our disrespect of the animals we should share the planet with that has caused this pandemic, that was predicted long ago.”

She continued to explain, “Because as we destroy, let’s say the forest, the different species of animals in the forest are forced into a proximity and therefore diseases are being passed from one animal to another, and that second animal is then most likely to infect humans as it is forced into closer contact with humans.”

Goodal said it’s good that China already put a temporary ban on their wildlife market but in places like Africa, shutting it down is difficult since the livelihood of people heavily relies on it.

The primatologist said people all over the world must realize that we are all part of a natural world. “We depend on it, and as we destroy it we are actually stealing the future from our children,” she added.

Goodal suggested that it’s time we should start thinking about the consequences of our actions. When we choose our food, we should start thinking where it came from or how it was produced. Governments should also craft sustainable poverty alleviation strategies to give people livelihood far from the wildlife market.

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