New Delhi: June 5th 2016: The ‘World Environment Day’ is a United Nations initiative that is commemorated every year on June 5. The United Nations facilitates worldwide awareness on environment, and this year the theme focuses on the ‘illegal trade in wildlife’ that has reached an unprecedented level of extinction. The exploitive practice is not just impacting the tigers, rhinos & elephants, but is equally a grave threat for other exotic species.
The major concern that the world is faced with is alarming increase of wildlife crime, which endangers the mega species in a greater level. Illegal animal trade has become rampant owing to shortage of equipment & facilities. The need of the hour is to reduce the accelerating rate of species extinction. It is thus crucial; that awareness is raised about ways to protect the environment in a global platform, eventually leading to save the whole essence of exotic wildlife.
Wildlife tracking have interspersed with demand & supply of rare animal parts. Even under stringent laws, the external forces are successful in transforming illegally sourced wildlife into legal market.
“As a country with abundance of bio-diversity, it is imperative for everyone concerned to have an understanding of equitable & sustainable living. Awareness campaign, conservation & policies have been successfully raised against unfair practices, which is pushing the species to the brink of extinction. But legalities should be enforced for preserving of wildlife & our eco-system, as it’s crucial for well-being of the environment and the people alike. It is also important for the people to eliminate the ever increasing demand for illegal wildlife products ”, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA & President Heart Care Foundation of India.
A few ways to combat wildlife trafficking:
• Leveraging aids to those countries that have pledged for the protection of wildlife species.
• Become a helping hand by initiating donations for curbing wildlife crime.
• Building anti-wild trade initiatives with an amalgamation of enforcement efforts & technological uses.
• Prioritizing strategic planning, measure for demand reduction that is directly related to animal by-product.
• Robust operations in battling illegal activities posing a threat to wildlife