Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

March 3, 2014

World Wildlife Day

Picture credit: CITES Secretariat

” On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim March 3, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.”  — Wikipedia
Today, above all else,  there is reason for hope in the WAR against those who are in the business of wildlife trafficking.
Their name is POACHER and they  kill animals for their body parts and are bringing the populations of wildlife all over the world,  to their knees with their lust and greed.
It has taken the loss of countless wild  animals lives and many tragic scenes to get to this point, but it is a beginning.
Awareness is the key in all of this.
Thanks to the United Nations and other Global Wildlife groups, this day is now a reality, let the changing begin.
The more that we talk,  write, call, fight for and expose these evil doers,  the more responses that come to stop them.
If people do not know all of the facts,  they cannot make the necessary  changes.
But, now I believe that the tide is beginning to turn against those who do evil to animals.
Right now, many animals are facing certain  extinction, as a direct result of these relentless monsters,  who have demonstrated that they will not stop until they are either killed,  or put in jail.
But this in and of itself, is not enough, what needs to change are the minds and hearts of people all over the world.
As Humans we must come to terms with the fact that we are capable of a very  dark side, that we are guilty of allowing ourselves,  or others to continue to commit these horrific, heinous  acts.
We cannot just turn  or look away, when we see or know that these things are happening.
We must  get involved, we must  force a change to this Global bad behavior.
Stopping mass animal murders begins in childhood, with parents, teachers and spiritual leaders,  instilling a love and respect for animals on a daily basis.
Because, if our children are allowed to grow up without being exposed to the value of showing kindness towards animals and their environment,  all could  be lost.
When we teach them to love all creatures and respect their surroundings, we set the tone for a lifetime of good will.
It is up to each of us to be the guardians of our children’s well-rounded and complete education, which should of course, include the animals in the world around them.
What will you teach your child today about how we should all treat animals?
A good start would be to explain what World Wildlife Day means and why it was necessary to create it in the first place.
Here are several wonderful, hopeful and informative websites to celebrate this day:
World Wildlife
World Wildlife Day
First-Ever World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day at Facebook
World Wildlife Day – Flicker

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