World Wildlife Day got people thinking and doing!

The second World Wildlife Day got people thinking and doing! I call it a success.

WWD2 touched millions of people around the world and stimulated some amazing activities – large and small.

In Kenya, the President, Uhuru Kenyatta, torched 15 tonnes of ivory (that’s the remains of around 2,000+ elephants) and promised that the rest of Kenya’s substantial ivory stockpile would be destroyed by the end of the year.  Amazing!

That has sent the most powerful smoke-signal to the rest of the world that it is time to make the ivory trade history – new ivory, old ivory, carved ivory, raw ivory – ALL IVORY.

In the UK, former Minister, Norman Baker MP, along with his band The Reform Club, released an EP entitled Animal Countdown, which is his contribution to raising awareness about the plight of some of the world’s most iconic species. His message: if we don’t do something fast, they could disappear on our watch.

Around the country and, indeed, around the world, Born Free supporters wore their Born Free Wildlife Ribbons with pride.  They took photos, they sent in selfies, they raised their voices and made a difference.  You can still buy a Ribbon.

But here’s the thing.  We should not just focus our attention on the plight of wildlife on one single day a year – World Wildlife Day, good though that is.  We have to make sure that we are doing something to protect and conserve wildlife – and reducing wild animal suffering – EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR! That’s the Born Free Foundation’s Compassionate Conservation agenda.

So, as they say in the movies, ‘Two thumbs-up’ for the UN’s World Wildlife Day but let’s – each and every one of us – start by making wildlife a feature in our busy lives, not a ‘once a year’ exception.

Blogging off

Will

2 Responses to “World Wildlife Day got people thinking and doing!”

  1. beth Says:

    I also wrote to thank Desmond Tutu for his contribution

  2. Sherry Bagby Says:

    Thank you for being around for Wildlife all these years. I remember being at a circus when I was 5 years old (a LONG time ago!) & seeing the lion act. I felt sorry for the lions – I just knew I wouldn’t want to be in a cage like that. Then a lion roared – it was an incredibly astounding & frightening sound, especially in an enclosed place – unbelievable! I felt even more sad for them – & frightened, too! I begged my parents to leave, because it wasn’t fun for me at all. We left. I found out then that my parents felt the same and were glad to leave. I NEVER wanted to go to another circus – ever! We did go to zoos, but I had the same thoughts – always- of feeling sorry for the animals. Somehow, I thought that they were injured or something was wrong & that’s why they HAD to be in a zoo, so it seemed maybe the zoo was helping them. Of course, it is MUCH more complicated than that! Throughout my years of teaching, I exposed young children to the plight of wild animals to help children understand our human responsibility. Thinking about & trying to do my small part to help wild animals has been a lifelong passion. I do not like to see animals behind bars or captive for human “entertainment”, & I want them to be safe in their own homes in the wild! That’s why I’m thankful for organizations such as Born Free who completely “get it”. You help us focus, so we can disseminate information accurately. Keep on doing the excellent work you are doing–people ARE listening!!