Union minister Harsh Vardhan today while addressing the inaugural session of the seminar on 'Role of security forces in combating wildlife crimes' organised by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) emphasised on sensitising and spreading awareness about crimes against wildlife, as an increasing number of animal species are endangered and on the verge of extinction.
Harsh Vardhan also cautioned that the coming generation would learn about wild animals only in books if proper care is not taken. He also lauded the SSB that works under the Ministry of Home Affairs for doing a "difficult job", while guarding the borders with friendly nations like Nepal and Bhutan.
The Minister of Environment and Forest said that the process of development activities that resulted as a consequence of deforestation destroyed the natural habitat of the wild animals.
Harshvardhan said that tremendous loss has already been caused to environment and wild animals due to human mistakes."Certain plants and wild animals either have either become extinct, or are on the verge of extinction, if whatever is now left with us is not taken care of, then in the coming days, we will see forests and wild animals only in books," he said.
India is home to the largest count of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world which is already a critically endangered.