Official highlights Kuwait's fight against illegal trade of wild animals

KUWAIT, June 5 (KUNA) — Chairman of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has stressed the necessity of countering illegal trade of wild animals.
Protecting the wildlife is the duty of all, Sheikh Abdullah said in lecture during a ceremony organized by EPA to mark the World’s Environment Day (WED).
He added that the EPA would carry on with efforts to combat desertification and curb encroachments on the environment, as well as assessing the environmental conditions.
He said that the wildlife in Kuwait is rich, as there are up to 374 species of plants, and around 350 of birds, 18 of which are denizens of Kuwait.
June 5 was chosen as WED in line with a resolution by a UN conference held in 1972.
Sheikh Abdullah pointed to the new law Kuwait issued reiterating its commitments to protect wildlife and preserve the environment. (end) zak.tak.mys