This research emphasizes the fact that we are a healthier and safer world when we conserve wildlife and natural habitats.
Statement from Mike Daulton, Executive Director of Bat Conservation International:
“Today, the World Health Organization released a report concluding that COVID-19 most likely came from an animal. This hypothesis isn’t new or proven. The exact chain of transmission that resulted in COVID-19 may never be established, but we’ve always known that new pathogens are more likely to spill into human populations when nature is disrupted and disturbed.
This research emphasizes the fact that we are a healthier and safer world when we conserve wildlife and natural habitats. When we destroy habitats and exploit wildlife, we increase the chances of human-wildlife conflict, including the potentially dangerous transmission of viruses. Conservation, including the conservation of bats, are part of the solution. When we protect bats, we stay safer, too.”
About Bat Conservation International
The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. For more information visit batcon.org.
Media Contact: Javier Folgar
Bat Conservation International
Tel: 512.327.9721 ext. 410