Animals in a death displacement, climate of fear and fraudulent trade

Animals in a death displacement, climate of fear and fraudulent trade

The National Association of Somali Science and Environmental Journalist (NASSEJ) is very glad to explain in this report the entire situation of Somali wildlife although its not easy to make ground reporting while the country is still anarchic situation.

Dozens of Somali wildlife had been killed and are still under death displacement day by day in across Somalia. There is also an estimated number of animals had been shot illegally for almost two decade And uncontrolled number of this were run to neighboring countries while many number is also exported illegally to abroad monthly.

These caused by the lack of central government since the collapse of President Siad Barre regime in 1991. NASSEJ is desperately now wishing to look for how will Somali people can organize them selves so as to save the animal life both in Urban and rural areas and make ground reporting for both animal needs and environmental protection.

“As much as there is sample evidence that many animals are capable of feeding, we condemn totally the infliction of suffering upon our fellow creatures and the curtailment of their behavioral and other needs save where this is necessary for their own individual benefit” said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud, NASSEJ Secretary General

Somalia has experienced dramatic environmental shifts following two decades of insecurity and chaos in the country. The protracted crisis has led to an unsustainable use of the country’s resources. Corrupt businessmen, warlords, and other violent radical groups, with the help of external spoilers, have contributed to deforestation and depletion of Somalis wildlife resources.

We do not accept that a difference in species alone (any more than a difference in race) can justify motiveless exploitation or oppression in the name of science or sport, or for use as food, for commercial profit or for other human grow as well as We believe in the evolutionary and moral affinity of all animals and declare our belief that all attentive creatures have rights to life, liberty and natural enjoyment Mr. Daud added

The export is used in the maintenance of further exploitation of the country’s resources and in the prolongation of anarchy and violence. This overexploitation of resources and the indiscriminate cutting of trees have led to deforestation and desertification and, as a result, made the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Somalia is also suffering from foreign helicopters that are hunting and stealing wildlife on the outskirts of the villages in coastal areas. The most targeted areas by the flying poachers are Nugal, Karkar and Mudug regions.

Mostly, the rural area in Somalia is unprotected. Besides that Somalia has also succumbed to overexploitation of its marine resources. Its unprotected 3333-Km coastline has attracted foreign vessels, which are engaged, not only in looting the marine resources, but are also involved in flushing their wastes into the territorial waters without being accountable for that.

First environmental organizations were ECOTERRA Somalia and then the Somali Ecological Society, which created awareness about environmental concerns and mobilized environmental programmes in all governmental sectors as well as civil society. In 1986, the Wildlife Rescue, Research and Monitoring Centre was established by ECOTERRA Intl.

The sensitization led in 1989 to the so-called "Somalia proposal" and a decision by the state parties to CITES, which established for the first time a worldwide ban on the trade of elephant IVORY. Later, activist and Goldman Environmental Prize Award winner honorable Fatima Jibrell was created local initiatives in her home area Buran that organised local communities to protect the rural and coastal habitat.

Finally, NASSEJ is currently joined the above stated forces in order to look for the ways to get for better standards in animal rights and protection countrywide and calls on Somali people to burry the hatchet and start a new era of peace.