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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Sustainable use of biodiversity is essential for the survivalof mankind

Prakash JavadekarINVC, Delhi, Sustainable use of biodiversity is essential for the survivalof mankind and is an imperative for sustainable development. Adhering to this perspective, as a step to encourage conservation of wildlife, Central Zoo Authority under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change will be destroying illegal wildlife articles tomorrow at National Zoological Park.Highlighting the importance of protection of biodiversity, particularly wildlife, illegal wildlife products will be consigned to flames in the incinerator at the National Zoological Park in the presence of Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Unethical and unjustified use of products of various animals and plants, often based on unjustified and unethical reasons has been a factor flaming illegal activities like poaching, smuggling and illegal wildlife trade.In order to curb this unethical behavior, the law enforcing agencies all over the world including India have been putting in serious efforts in combating the wildlife crimes and have seized a large number of wildlife products resulting from unlawful activities. The exercise is an attempt to deplore the unethical, indiscriminate and mostly unlawful activities of harvest and trade of wildlife products. The illegal wildlife products to be destroyed by the Ministry of Environment & Forests included those derived from tigers, elephants, leopards, lions, snakes, deer, mongoose, owls, shells etc. Few wildlife articles available in the National Zoological Park will also be destroyed.It would be a step in appreciating the efforts of various law enforcing agencies like forest and wildlife departments, wildlife crime control bureau, police, customs and many others who have contributed immensely for the cause of protection of biodiversity.

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