Delegates from around the world met at a UN sponsored Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) forum in Doha, Qatar to discuss measures for further protection of endangered species such as the polar bear, bluefin tuna, tiger, rhinoceros and shark.
The meeting came as conservationists warn of a wider biodiversity that is rapidly on the decline. Dr. Stuart Simon of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature stated that species are currently vanishing faster than they can evolve.
In England alone, nearly 500 species have died out, almost all in the last two centuries. Another topic discussed was the illegal trafficking of exotic animals such as lions, leopards and primates, with cruel practices that include drugging or even removing their teeth for placement in unnatural conditions such as the extreme confinement required for public entertainment or display.
CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers urged for governments to pass more stringent laws to curb practices as these. We thank Dr. Stuart, CITES Secretary-General Wijnstekers and all conference participants for your factual observations as we join your concern and pray that humans of every nation act now in choosing more harmonious lifestyles to protect the cherished species of our planet.
As during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed the need for action to halt the tragic suffering and loss of our animal co-inhabitants.