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Group Decries Illegal Poaching Of Endangered Animals

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A group, Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), has decried the rising rate of poaching and illegal trading activities in endangered animals, such as elephants, monkeys, tortoises, pangolins and other animals in Africa.

NAZAP’s outcry was conveyed in communique issued at the end of the annual general meeting and training of its members, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.

The communiqué, which was signed by the new president of NAZAP,

Francis Abioye, and other officials of the association, also called on  Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Nigerian Custom Service, Nigerian  Tourism Development Cooperation, federal and state ministries of environment to curtail the activities if animal traffickers.

“NAZAB condemns in strong terms all poaching and illegal trading activities in endangered animals not limited to elephants, monkeys, tortoise, pangolin etc and called for the continuous support of all stakeholders in upholding local and international conventions.

“NAZAP calls on the federal government to build the capacities of security agencies and parasatals and equip them accordingly to enable them meet emerging challenges in safe guarding our environment, animals and human lives alike.”

The communiqué also recognises the tremendous efforts of relevant government agencies and parastatals like the national park service,  National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in this regards.



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