On March 3, we celebrate World Wildlife Day. This date is not accidental. Exactly on this day, in 1973, in Washington, the text of the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” was written. It is an extremely important tool to control the trade in plants and animals. The main purpose of this day is to celebrate the richness of wild fauna and flora while raising awareness of its value and the dangers of illegal trade.
The CITES Convention aims to protect wildlife, animals, and plants by controlling and restricting international trade in these species. Such activities are often more effective than the protection of the species in the country of its occurrence. The countries with the greatest biodiversity are, after all, underdeveloped African, Asian, and South American countries. It is very difficult to stop poaching there due to limited resources. That is why the control of borders and internal markets is an essential element in stopping unsustainable sourcing of animals and plants. Especially in developed countries, where there is the greatest demand for specimens of wild fauna and flora.
The motto of this year’s World Wildlife Day celebrations is “Let’s Listen to the Young”.