Curb wildlife trade, says PPCB chief

Illegal wildlife trade is a serious threat to endangered species. This was stated by Manpreet Singh, chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), while presiding over the celebrations of World Environment Day at Science City, Kapurthala.
 
He said each year a large number of plants and animals were caught or harvested from the wild and then sold as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather and medicine.
 
A great deal of this trade is illegal and threatens the survival of many endangered species. With overexploitation being one of the biggest threats to many species, illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is an issue which needs to be addressed on priority,” he added.
 
Dr Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City, said “This overexploitation should concern us all because it has harmed human livelihoods as many people in our country depend entirely on the continued availability of local wildlife resources viz. fuel, food and medicines. Careful and thoughtful use of wildlife species and their habitats is required to avoid not only extinctions, but serious impact on the balance of nature.”
 

Source:  The Tribune, June 6, 2016