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World must act to save wildlife

Aug 20,2019 - Last updated at Aug 20,2019

Conservationists from 180 countries gathered in Geneva last week to tighten the screws on trade in ivory and body parts of other endangered animals and plants after recent findings suggested that so many animal and plant species are on the decline.

What the conferees have in mind is to revisit the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and make its provisions tighter in order to combat the rapid decline in animal and plant species.

There are now about 3,500 species of plants and animals that are in imminent danger after being threatened by man's indiscriminate attacks and killings. These species are world heritage and man must endeavour to save them from extinction.

All in all, there are more than one million species that are on the brink of extinction in the long run if man keeps destroying life on planet Earth at the rate it has in recent times.

People have been killing one another by the millions over the past centuries, whether through wars or the deployment of indiscriminate weapons, and this wanton disregard for life is being turned against animal and plant species.

The CITES conference aimed to raise awareness about the callous human behaviour towards animal and plant diversity, with the hope of turning the tide against destroying what is left of it in nature.

Governments and other shareholders are invited to lend effective support to the CITES meetings to save what is left of life forms in the world. The UN Security Council is also invited to adopt a resolution that makes it a grave violation punishable by sanctions should a country continue its threats against animal and plant species and their natural habitats.

Deforestation must, therefore, be banned immediately, and indiscriminate hunting practices must likewise be curtailed as a matter of a pressing urgency. Man must save the world and its animal and plants species as a matter of highest priority by adopting the necessary legislation and practices as soon as possible.

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