World Environment Day 5th June 2016

World Environment Day 5th June 2016

Go wild for life...

Animals are under threat. As human populations grow, the natural habitat of animals shrinks.

Take Sea Turtles for example. Their coastal breading sites are threatened by man-made developments and environment impacts.

And when you consider that only 1 in 1000 Sea Turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood, the odds are heavily stacked against them.

Yet, to make matters worse, in South East Asia nearly 100% of all Hawskbill Turtle eggs are stolen before they even hatch. Taken and sold on as food, the trade in turtle eggs is leading to the Hawksbill Turtle now being critically endangered.

And it’s not the only animal suffering. Rhinos are in rapid decline as people hunt them down and trade their horn. Over 1,100 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone in 2015.

The world’s largest land animal – the elephant is also fairing badly. 96 elephants are killed every day mainly for their ivory tusks but their meat and skin are illegally traded too.

When you also learn that there are more tigers living in captivity than there are in the wild today, it’s no wonder that the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is the illegal trade in wildlife.

It’s a trade that’s estimated to be worth between £15bn and £30bn annually; and over one million animals have been taken from the wild in the last decade.

That’s why World Environment Day is important. It’s about raising awareness and encouraging people to take action to campaign for change. There are signs of a growing movement against the illegal wildlife trade. In September 2015, two of the largest ivory markets in the world, US and China, announced they would be closing their international and domestic trade in elephant ivory.

Yet, the ivory trade is still claiming the lives of innocent elephants. It’s only by each of us taking a stand and campaigning for change will any impact be made.

Join us now and be an Eco Hero.

*Sources: United Nations Environment Programme and 96 Elephants

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