The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Illegal wildlife trade should be banned

The environment, which is a heritage inherited from nature, must be respected so that we leave a healthy generation behind as all human beings and all living beings get all their needs from the nature.
Attention to the environment and healthcare of human and all creatures is one of the principles in the survival of the generation and the use of divine blessings. Protecting the environment in which today and tomorrow’s generations should have a growing social life is considered as a public duty and responsibility. Therefore, any activities causing environmental pollution and illegal or irreparable damage are prohibited.
Earth, water, air and all other natural resources are a divine promise gifted to human beings and have been created for balanced and sustainable use. The existence of animals and plants are somehow rings of the environmental cycle and must not be removed from the earth.
Educated human beings are the most determined people who can stand against environmental destruction. They cannot be indifferent to the natural environment, do not destroy the beauty of nature and do not destroy natural environments as well as do not make human society face with environmental challenges and problems.
Illegal wildlife trade is not tolerable in Afghanistan, a country most of which is surrounded by high mountains covered with pine, beech, almond and timber trees. This geographical position of the country is considered as suitable for the survival of wildlife and the birth of their offspring; on the other hand, the rational use of wood and its fruit tree products can strengthen the economy of the relevant areas.
Environmental researchers and scholars have identified 120 species of wildlife in the country, where some of them are hunted for the use of their meat and skins, and their offspring are currently endangered. For example, some spotted leopards found on the slopes of the country’s southwestern parts have been hunted and eventually disappeared, and now the colored deer, the white goose, are facing with the same fate.
The white snowy leopards seen at the height of the Darqad and Marghab valleys have left their positions due to continued intrusions of hunters. Those white-snowy leopards found on high valleys of Pamir and part of central Hendukush mountains moved away from their shelters due to continued intrusions of hunters.
Meanwhile, the common leopards and hyenas’ generation is also about to vanish in the country. Besides, wolves and red foxes seen all over the country have mostly fled due to climate change.
According to a number of Kunduz residents, hundreds of black foxes and bears found in the Abdan and Mir Alam deserts as well as Laghman, Paghman and the mountainous areas of Badakhshan have been hunted in the last few years.
Meanwhile, according to environmental experts, there are currently 44 species of wildlife including more than 41 species of wild animals and three plant species. It is hoped that with the development of protected areas, the return of migrating animals and birds to the country is paved so that they can continue to survive with promotion of environmental culture and without human intrusion.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.