World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness, both of the threats to wildlife and of our ever increasing fight against wildlife crime.
As of 2014, there are 2,464 animals and 2,104 plants that have been labelled “critically endangered” and therefore face a high risk of extinction in the wild. The figures have more than doubled since 1998, when the levels were 854 and 909, respectively.
Wildlife is incredible, but it’s more under threat than ever before. Numbers of wildlife crime cases in the UK are on the rise – just today Derbyshire reports a shot peregrine falcon and the fights against snares, hunting and badger baiting are all far from over. Please take a moment today to write to your local MP and urge them to do all they can to stamp out wildlife crime. Many politicians still stand by barbaric practices like snaring and trapping – which any compassionate human being would argue have no place in a supposedly modern society.
The fight against wildlife crime is of course enormous. None of us can do everything, and at times we even feel like we’re doing nothing. But every one of us has the power to influence change, so let’s start today.
To contact your local MP and find out where they stand on wildlife protection in the UK, click here: https://www.writetothem.com/
For a full list of global animal events taking place throughout the year please visit our Calendar.