Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International released this statement following the announcement of the report this morning  from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services about species extinction rates accelerating: 


“The IPBES findings that one million of the world’s estimated 8 million species are threatened with extinction, that the rate of species extinction is accelerating, and that direct exploitation is one of the main culprits, and that unsustainable food production is destroying wildlife ecosystems, is a wakeup call that must be heeded.  The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International join the IPBES in calling for urgent action to restore and protect nature for the public good, including stricter regulation of vested commercial interests that extract wildlife for profit.  No one needs elephant ivory trinkets, shark fin soup, sea turtle shell jewelry, African lion hunting trophies, giraffe skin pillows, or wild-caught coral reef fish for their aquariums.  However, everyone needs the survival of these species for the health of the planet.   We must also reform our food production systems, with a priority on reducing unsustainable levels of meat consumption which threaten natural habitat and resources that benefit wild and domestic species alike.”

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