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World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day. A day to celebrate the intrinsic value of wildlife and to note the importance of the crime which threatens them. On December 20th 2013, upon CITES’ (International Convention for the Trade of Wild Species) suggestion, the United Nations publicly announced March 3rd as World Wildlife Day.
This year we celebrate this day with the motto “Let’s stop wildlife crime now”.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, has issued a message which can be read on this link.

In Iran, many species are threatened by wildlife crime. The Lorestan (Emperor) newt is one of these species which are poached and trafficked, and is seen on the Haft- Sin table as a decorative item, next to the goldfish! You can read more about this story in PWHF’s Newsletter Issue Number 4.
Caucasian squirrel, Great bustard, Saker falcon, Persian leopard, Caspian seal, Brown bear and Asiatic black bear, as well as other species, are also threatened by this activity.

The following clip has been produced by Alireza Farhadzadeh on this occasion.