World Wildlife Day – December 4, 2022 under the slogan of sustainable living in harmony with nature.
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on December 4 under the slogan (Living sustainably in harmony with nature). Every year on December 4, Wildlife Day aims to spread awareness about the preservation of the natural world and its inhabitants and to protect them. Additionally, the celebration seeks to end wildlife crime and support the Endangered Species Act.
We are very excited to spread awareness about the conservation of endangered plants and animals on Earth. What do you think is the most invasive species on Earth? monkeys? catfish? grasshopper? we human beings. The most magnificent creatures in nature have become threatened and pushed to the brink of extinction due to the greed of some people, and this is causing irreparable damage to the wildlife ecosystem.
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to raise awareness, think and act when it comes to issues that threaten the balance of wildlife biodiversity on the planet. Driven by the demand for illegal animal parts and products on the black market, people hunt, fish and kill many species of wild animals on the brink of extinction.
Human interference in the world’s natural ecosystem has been going on for centuries. In the modern world, when people traveled and settled in different parts of the world, they cleared land for agriculture, cut down forests to build ships, and began hunting and trapping for money. Over the years, wildlife hunting and poaching have become more common, and wildlife populations are beginning to decline around the world.
The immeasurable value of animal life
Animals and plants living in the wild have intrinsic value and contribute to ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and sustainable development.
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and diverse forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the many benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, today reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and reduce human-caused species, which have a wide range of economic, ecological and social impacts. Given these various negative impacts, SDG 15 aims to halt the loss of biodiversity.
It is a sad truth that the most beloved, beautiful and lovely species in the world are massacred by large and dangerous criminal networks that stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want are animal parts and products for reasons no sane person really understands, which are worth a lot of money.
There are plenty of synthetic substitutes for things like ivory and fur that don’t require the brutal slaughter of an animal, not to mention how difficult it can be to distinguish high-quality synthetic substitutes from the real thing. And are you telling me that no other dish in the world is as good as shark fin soup and that we should really mutilate live sharks and then throw them back into the ocean to die? In short, there is simply no excuse for the amount of animals that are hunted each year.
Wildlife crime includes poaching and animal trafficking. In addition, it includes the transportation of a certain product of animal origin by criminal groups for profit. Some examples would be rhino horns and elephant tusks. Wildlife crime is harmful to the ecosystem because it leads to the endangerment or extinction of animals. Due to overfishing, these six animals are threatened with extinction: elephants, rhinos, tigers, sea turtles, lemurs and gorillas.
Can you imagine living in a world where these wonderful animals no longer exist? If wildlife crime continues, this could very well happen. This is why Wildlife Day is aimed at stopping wildlife crimes.
Unfortunately, even today, the illegal trade of endangered species on the black market is increasing. Although governments around the world are doing their best and, in some cases, succeeding in stopping the act, not all species are safe from poachers and poachers. This affects not only wildlife but also the lives of millions of people who live in or near forest areas in different parts of the world. So, the time has come for us to act together and work for the conservation and protection of wild animals to ensure their survival
. Written by: prof. Dr. Atef Mohamed Kamel Ahmed – founder of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ain Shams University, vice dean for social services and environmental development, supervisor of the establishment of the Department of Wildlife and Zoos, professor – member of the Scientific Committee of the CITES Convention – Expert in wildlife and nature reserves, UNESCO and the United Nations Development Program and Environment and Climate Change Expert at the Ministry of the Environment – Assistant Secretary General for Wildlife at the Arab Union for the Protection of Wild and Marine Animals – League of Arab States and Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Moroccan-Egyptian League of Friendship among the Nations of the World