An Ebola Epidemic in the United States?

You can help stop the crisis.

Take a stand against the Bushmeat Trade

Up to 15,000 pounds of illegally caught wild animal meat is smuggled into the U.S. every month, undetected by customs officers. It is then sold throughout the country.
This can trigger outbreaks of Ebola and other deadly diseases in the U.S. and throughout the world which kill thousands of people.

Stop the smuggling of meat from great apes and other African wildlife into the U.S. – before it’s too late.

Human Ebola outbreaks in Africa have been caused by people butchering and eating the meat of great apes, and the first human case of HIV was likely contracted in the same way.

The current crisis is putting us all at risk. Together we must take action.

Protect yourselves. Help shut down this horrific and dangerous trade.

How Does Bushmeat Spread Disease?

We’re very closely related to great apes – we share more than 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. As a result, we can transmit many diseases to each other, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, tuberculosis, and other potentially deadly viruses and bacteria.

Meat from infected great apes harbors these diseases and can carry them into the U.S., where it can infect people who handle it or eat it undercooked. Once a person is infected, diseases such as tuberculosis are spread through the air, while others such as the Ebola virus are spread through body fluids, potentially causing an epidemic anywhere in the U.S.

Your gift is a vital contribution to the campaign to stop the illicit hunting of endangered species and may be used where most needed to rescue and care for the animal victims of this crisis and work to end it.