The appeal of associations in defense of animals
I am at risk of extinction in Ukraine many animal species. If in the rest of the world it is climate change, directly linked to human activities, that kills animals and destroys habitats, in the country battered by the war unleashed by Russia it is the bombs that cause their death and the disappearance of the environments where they usually live.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine endangers the lives of civilians, their pets and also many animals that are typical of this area of Europe. Many poor creatures are dying, even deprived of their habitat.
Bombing, weapons, fire: all of this is endangering tens of millions of animals living in the Eastern European country. Their habitat is in danger of disappearing. And with it also many species.
According to a study published in Society of Conservation Biology more than 80% of the world’s wars take place in places considered important for biodiversity. And Ukraine is one of them.
The conflict unleashed by Vladimir Putin, who also threatens to use nuclear power, could kill hundreds of thousands of animals. And it could also permanently ruin the natural habitats where the species live.
What are the extinction risks in Ukraine
According to experts, the typical animals of the Eastern European country that risk disappearing forever are:
- European beaver (Castor fiber), an animal that lives in many areas of Europe and has found its ideal habitat in Ukraine. It is often hunted for its fur.
- Steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii), a minimal risk animal so far, but lives in an endangered area. Its habitat is in fact in the Azov-Sivaš National Natural Park, 50 kilometers from Crimea.
- European elk (Alces alces), a herbivorous animal that can often be seen in the vast Ukrainian grasslands.
- Citello (Spermophilus citellus), the animal that risks most of all because its habitat is delicate and is found in the low grasslands of southern Ukraine.
We hope we never have to declare these animals extinct forever.
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