The earth is at risk of losing two-thirds of our animals in just three years.
A new report has warned of the very real danger of the extinction of millions of animals by the year 2020.
The decline in animals is purely down to human activities, and many of the animals on the list are endangered species such as gorillas and elephants.
In the last 100 years alone the human race has seen off an embarrassing number of animal species and despite all the warnings, it seems like the trend is set to continue.
Hunting and killing animals for frankly ridiculous reasons still takes place in many parts of the world.
In places with a lack of education certain animals are killed due to old superstitions about their ‘magical’ healing powers.
Elephants are still killed for the ivory in their tusks, despite being illegal in many places. Bears and other furry animals are still murdered for their skins to be used to make clothing for fashion runways.
We have been warned time and again but it seems the human race’s greed knows no bounds.
The report contains the shocking figure that animal populations dropped by 58% between 1970 and 2012.
Those unconcerned with animal rights seem unable to grasp that the human race also depends on the continued survival of many of these creatures. We are destroying the very eco-system that we are right at the top of, and worse still that we rely on for survival.
When species begin dying out the food chain will disintegrate, pollination of plants, fruits and vegetables that we need to survive will cease to happen and the world will become barren, perhaps then those who have turned their backs on the animal kingdom will finally know how it feels to be threatened with starvation and then inevitably, death.
Director general of WWF, Marco Lambertini said:
“The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it. Life supports life itself and we are part of the same equation.
Lose biodiversity and the natural world and the life support systems, as we know them today, will collapse.”
Featured Image – MaxPixel