Reckless industrial land grabbing continues to encroach on animal habitats and the cruel exploitation of wildlife and farm animals for commercial purposes is rampant, says Bikrant Tiwary, CEO of Grow-Trees.com on the occasion of World Animal Day on October 4th.
The Day is an annual call to action and mobilization for animal rights and welfare so that we can co-create a world where animals are recognized and respected as sentient beings and co-inhabitants. of our planet, he adds.
“The link between thriving wildlife, rich biodiversity, balanced ecology and human well-being is rarely, if ever, understood. Respect for wildlife and animals is not an esoteric concept. This concerns all of us because animals inhabit forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and deserts. How they are processed, directly and indirectly, impacts our ecosystem. When animal species are threatened, in distress or disappear, food chains are altered, biodiversity, food security, nutrition and food quality are impaired and our supply of various vitamins, minerals and medicines is also affected” , says Tiwary.
Animals, Tiwary explains, play an important role in stabilizing ecosystems, pollinating crops and increasing soil fertility, etc. and if forests continue to give way to industries, countless species of birds, mammals and invertebrates will be displaced and threatened. He says: “The pandemic has made very clear the interdependence between us and wildlife. Deforestation is one of the main reasons for endangering ecosystems and scientists have issued urgent warnings about the far-reaching impact of tree extinctions on people and wildlife. The State of the World’s Trees report released last year by Botanic Gardens Conservation (BGCI) BGCI, said that around 60,000 tree species worldwide are threatened with extinction.
Tiwary says we would be wrong to think that this disaster will only endanger animal species and not affect the way we live and work. He adds: “The World Economic Forum says $44 trillion is nature-related and this year a new paper from BGCI and the Union’s Species Survival Commission Global Tree Specialist Group Conservation Authority (IUCN SSC) said the world’s forests contribute $1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) to the global economy. It is therefore not only our fauna that is threatened.
During the last decade, Grow-Trees.com has planted millions of trees in areas surrounding wildlife reserves not only to protect these habitats, but also to prevent animal-human conflicts that endanger the livelihoods, economy and quality of life of local communities .
Tiwary says, “In developing countries like India, forests contribute to household income in rural and tribal communities. When we plant trees to expand wildlife corridors, we also support local communities who depend on wood and forest products. Trees not only increase the green cover essential for moving wildlife, but also serve to store carbon, stabilize soil, and counteract the adverse effects of storms and extreme weather events. “
Tiwary believes that unless we educate ourselves about the harmful consequences of intensive farming and factory farming, we will not feel motivated to pursue green solutions and demand better environmental and climate policies as well as laws protecting wildlife. .
The Wildlife Protection Act passed in 1972 provides protection for wild animals, birds and plants while Section 48-A of the Constitution urges the state to safeguard the country’s wildlife and forests. Article 51-A confers on all citizens the fundamental duty to protect and improve the natural environment, including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to show compassion for living creatures, but the reality on the ground is troubling. The abuse of animals in tourist places, for religious and social purposes, on farms and laboratories continues.
“Over the years many laws have been passed to ban the ivory trade, ban poaching and one of those positive steps was the state’s decision to ban dolphinariums in 2013 and to ban animal testing of cosmetics in 2014, but we as citizens also need to be aware of our consumer motives.We need to understand that sustainable practices not only preserve wildlife, but also make better economic sense and environmental. To anyone who loves animals, I would say, plant more trees and join us in our mission to return healthy, healed forests to their original inhabitants,” adds Tiwary.
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