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Animals raise the alarm
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Certain species, reported in a new video released today by WWF, Birdlife, Friends of the Earth and EEB, have been filmed emitting strange alarm-like sounds.
Every animal in the video is endangered and is currently protected by strong European Nature laws, which are now being reviewed by the European Commission. If they are weakened the lives of these species will be at risk.
In the video, a grey wolf in Germany’s woodlands, a loggerhead turtle along the coast of Greece and a brown bear in the forests of Romania are just some of the animals that can be seen making rare alarm-like sounds.
Environmental groups believe that the animals feel their lives and homes are at risk and are trying to communicate this to us.
Human activity is impacting many areas in Europe, resulting in loss of habitats and therefore species as well. The European Commission has reported that 60% of key animal populations and 77% of their habitats are still endangered in Europe and need special legal protection.
This trend is expected to continue: increasing demands for space, water, energy and food are threatening unique species and irreplaceable natural ecosystems, like forests, lakes, rivers and seas. The underlying threats, including infrastructure development, intensive agriculture and urbanisation, are not being properly tackled.
In an extraordinary show of support in just over a month, over 280,000 European citizens have already joined the Nature Alert action. The campaign is calling on politicians to defend strong Nature Laws (the Birds and Habitats Directives) so that these animals and many others can remain protected now and in the future.