Good morning, teachers and friends. Never has a wildlife faced such great
threats of extinction as in the last few decades. We bulldoze forests to make
way for concrete jungles, depriving many species of the flora and fauna native
to their habitats. We dump all types of waste into our rivers and seas, doing
irreparable damage to freshwater and marine species. We hunt for sport and use
animal parts to cater to our exotic tastes. All our actions are resulting in the
dwindling of wildlife. We are losing plant and animal species at an accelerated
Ladies and gentlemen, what can we do to stop this
massacre ? Firstly, wildlife trade should be banned. The
authorities should strictly prohibit the sale of animals and animal parts
whether it is for medicinal or for other purposes. Forests are habitats for
numerous species of flora and fauna. Dwindling forests means dwindling wildlife.
Therefore, forests should be preserved. Promulgating
laws alone will not be an effective deterrent. Offenders should be punished. The
authorities should invoke the full weight of the law to make offenders cease
their illegal trade.
For wild life species that face the threat of extinction, the authorities
should make a concerted effort to conserve
them. The creation of forest reserves and animal sanctuaries will prevent animal
and plant species from being wiped out. The success of the Sepilok Orangutan
rehabilitation Center is Sabah is a clear example of how effective such
conservation programs are. Similarly, the establishment of marine parks can
protect both marine life and their habitats from being destroyed.
Scientific research can single out threats to flora and fauna species and
also discover ways of tackling these threats effectively. Monetary incentives
such as grants from the government will encourage scientific research. the mass
media and television programs like National Geographic can instil
awareness in the public on the need to preserve biodiversity. Coverage of
wildlife issues should be increased.
The public, too, should play its part. As green consumers, we can refuse to
buy products that make sue of animal parts.
If the authorities, the private sector and the public play their part, we can
put a stop to practices that endanger wildlife.