“1.6 trillion wild animals killed each year”

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the World Animal Protection called on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) to adopt policies to protect African wildlife from cruelty and exploitation.

The organization’s head of communications and multimedia, Kipkorir Evans, in a statement on Wednesday to mark this year’s World Wildlife Day, called on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) adopt policies to protect African wildlife from cruelty and exploitation.

“CITES data (2011-2015) shows that approximately 1.5 million live animals were traded as exotic pets and 1.2 million skins were exported legally,” the statement told PREMIUM TIMES.

It is estimated that 1.6 trillion wild animals are killed by humans every year. Tons of animals such as elephants and pangolins are trafficked every year.

This trade, he said, also poses public health risks, and that around 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, with more than 70% of emerging infectious diseases believed to originate in wildlife.

Zoonosis is Explain as an infectious disease that has passed from a non-human animal to humans.

Zoonotic pathogens can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic and can involve unconventional agents that can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water, or the environment.

World Animal Protection is a global organization that campaigns for a world where animals live without suffering.

Edith Kabesiime, Head of Wildlife Campaigns at World Animal Protection, said: “The scale of wildlife interference impacts not only animals, but also people and our planet. Whether the trade is legal or illegal is irrelevant.

Either way, she says, this is animal exploitation and abuse.

“It is for this reason that we call on the CITES Secretariat and parties to adopt resolutions that protect wild animals and not those who exploit them,” Ms Kabesiime said.

The statement highlights that the international demand for Africa’s iconic wildlife is causing immense suffering to millions of animals and putting their survival at risk.

He pointed out that African gray parrots and ball pythons are captured from their natural habitats or born in captivity, to be sold in the exotic wildlife trade, a growing multi-billion dollar industry that is impacting devastating to wildlife populations around the world.

“The captive breeding and killing of lions in the name of ‘entertainment’, used in traditional medicine and not scientifically proven trophies, is not only cruel, but also a recipe for extinction because it diminishes the efforts of conservation of the wild population,” the statement said.

Challenges and efforts so far

The statement noted that although there have been challenges in protecting wildlife, some progress has been made.

For example, he said, in 2019 Turkish airlines pledged to stop flying African gray parrots from central Africa.

Additionally, on May 2, 2021, the statement said that South Africa made public the recommendations of the High Level Panel of Experts on Ending Captive Lion Breeding and Phasing Out Lion Breeding. and that ongoing discussions are underway to legislate the recommendations.

August 31, 2021 – Ethiopian Airlines, through a direct email response to World Animal Protection, promised to review regulations on carrying wildlife in their cargo after the launch of the “Cargo of Cruelty” report which details how Ethiopian Airlines enables wildlife trade.

In January 2022, he said a section of the media was covering Kenya Airways (KQ) commitment to stop transporting monkeys and other wildlife used in scientific research.

“KQ’s announcement came after a truck carrying farm-raised long-tailed macaque monkeys in Mauritius crashed in Danville, Pennsylvania, drawing criticism from animal welfare advocates in the United States. “, reads the press release.

Despite all this progress, the World Animal Welfare Organization has said the only sure way to ensure wildlife protection is to “end the wildlife trade, forever”.

While the theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day is “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration”, the wildlife organization said it was important to recognize and appreciate the makes every animal count and matter.

“Every animal has a vital role it plays in the health of our planet and has the right to live as wildlife. Any wildlife trade is inherently cruel and endangers our health and the global economy,” says the press release.

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According to the statement, it is high time for CITES parties to recognize that wild animals are not commodities to be exploited.

He said CITES export quota provisions must be completely reduced to zero to end the wildlife trade and protect wild animals in their habitats.

On this year’s World Wildlife Day, at the individual level, World Animal Protection said it urges people not to buy, own or keep any wild animal as a pet or even to buy trophies and other derivatives of wild animals,” he said.

“A life in captivity is a world away from a life in the wild. Wild animals are not commodities; they belong to nature,” the statement read.


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