Taipei mayor Ko advocates for not buying ivory tusks

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday has advocated the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day on Facebook, claiming that the meaning of the day is to contemplate the relationship between human and the environment, and citing Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar acceptance speech that “Let us not take this planet for granted.  “

Ko said the environment is damaged seriously due to the impacts from inappropriate human-induced factors and extreme climate, which highlights the fact that wildlife conservation is not an obligation in a single region, but an issue that needs world-wide attention to face seriously.“We should always keep in mind that what the Earth we should leave for our next generations?”     

 “I don’t like life being exploited for ivory tusks and rhino horns”

As a scientist, Ko added that he understands the importance of biodiversity for maintaining the ecological balance and sustainability; also as a doctor, “I don’t like life being exploited for ivory tusks and rhino horns”

Moreover, Ko emphasized that although Taipei City is highly developed, there are many wildlife species sharing the environment with us so that we have opportunities to meet them, such as Spilornis cheela, Accipiter trivirgatus, Otus bakkamoena, Urocissa caerulea, Gorsachius melanolophus, Psilopogon nuchalis, pangolins, Paguma larvata, large intestine, Rhacophorus taipeianus, Rana guentheri, etc. Wildlife is not far from us as we usually imagine; it is an ecological treasure and lets us rethink and learn how to coexist with it.

In the end, he claimed that the amounts of elephants are declining annually at an alarming rate because of much illegal hunting. He joined a world-wide campaign conducted by WildAid, calling for not buying ivory tusks, and also claiming that everyone have to take the issue of elephant poaching seriously, and join conservation actions to save endangered wildlife. 

By Hank / Staff reporter of Animals' Voice of Taiwan 

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