Coronavirus pandemic was caused by humanity’s disregard for nature and disrespect for animals. This was made known by Jane Goodall, a world-renowned British primatologist.
Jane Goodall is best known for trail-blazing research in Africa that revealed the true nature of chimpanzees, pleaded for the world to learn from past mistakes to prevent future disasters.
“Jane Goodall: The Hope”, the 86-year-old also said everyone can make a difference from the way nature and animals are treated. Details of her positions were extracted from AFP’s report.
According to her, it is expected of us to share the planet with the animals with all necessary respects, instead all our actions are towards humanity’s disrespect for animals and such actions resulted to virus such as corona.
“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.
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.”
It is these same animals that are hunted for foods in Africa and Asia, especially China. ”These are the conditions that create an opportunity for the viruses to jump from animals across the species barrier to humans.”
In addressing what can be done about animal market, she is of the opinion that the closed down of live wide animal market in China should not only be temporary but permanent. And other Asian countries should follow suit.
Africa to her seems to be a very difficult place where such a bane can work as most Africans make a living from hunting and selling bush meat.
“But in Africa it will be very difficult to stop the selling of bush meat because so many people rely on that for their livelihoods. It will need a lot of careful thought on how it should be done, you can’t just stop somebody doing something when they have absolutely no money to support themselves or their families, but at least this pandemic should have taught us the kind of things to do to prevent another one.”
In her words of advice to the world
“If you think about the consequences of the little choices you make: what you eat, where it came from, did it cause cruelty to animals, is it made from intensive farming — which mostly it is — is it cheap because of child slave labour, did it harm the environment in its production, where did it come from, how many miles did it travel, did you think that perhaps you could walk and not take your car.
(Also consider) ways that you could perhaps help alleviate poverty because when people are poor they can’t make these ethical choices. They just have to do whatever they can to survive — they can’t question what they buy, they must buy the cheapest, and they are going to cut down the last tree because they are desperate to find land on which they can grow more food.
So what we can do in our individual lives does depend a little bit on who we are, but we all can make a difference, everybody can.