Sign to Stop Poaching in South Africa

Sign to Stop Poaching in South Africa

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Gisselle Espinosa started this petition to cyril Ramaphosa

Poaching consists of a hunter who illegally kills tigers, elephants, or rhinos so they can sell their body parts. A tiger is killed for its skin, an elephant is killed for its tusks, and a rhino is killed for its horn. Skin from tigers are made into carpets or used as decorations and sells for large amounts of money. Tusks from elephants are made into exotic designs or as souvenirs. There are rumors a rhino’s horn can be used as medicine. Even though it’s not proven that it’s a cure, people still continue to believe that it can cure illnesses. There are solutions to this problem, such as larger fines and more jail time for poachers, and more rangers on the ground to stop poachers. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has the power to stop poaching and bring awareness to poaching, which can lead to the improvement of stricter prosecutions. Innocent living animals are being slaughtered for a person’s own interest in making a lot of money. Poaching is a very serious issue that leads to the dramatic decrease of the number of these animals in the wild. 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Rhino poaching in South Africa increased from 13 to 1,004 between 2004 and 2013.” This is a 7,700% percent increase and this is only up to the year 2013. Also, “Rhino poaching levels hit record highs in 2015, with poachers slaughtering at least 1,300 rhinos in Africa.” (World Wildlife Fund). According to National Geographic, “... the poaching crisis, which kills some 30,000 elephants each year.” There are only around 415,000 elephants and only around 30,000 rhinos left in the wild. This poaching crisis had led the number of tigers in the wild to decline to around 3,900. All are considered to be endangered, meaning they are at risk of becoming extinct. As reported by World Wildlife Fund, “On average, over 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered a year, 55 African elephants are killed a day, two tigers are poached each week..”. If the poaching crisis continues, I do believe there is a possibility that these animals can become extinct within the next 20 to 25 years. 

Animals are just like us, they have feelings. Primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal explains how animals have emotions in “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves”. De Waal states that emotions “are adaptive: Love, anger, joy, sorrow, fear all help us to find food and safety, protect our families, escape danger. Emotions enable us to survive. So it’s no wonder that animals experience and exhibit an array of them.” An animal express and can feel anger, happiness, disgust, guilt, and so many more emotions. These beautiful creatures are meant to live in the wild and not have to suffer. They are not meant to be slaughtered by hunters. These animals suffer during their capture and will feel hurt as a hunter is in the process of killing them. In “Empty the Cages and Tanks! Here’s the Truth About the Lives of Animals in Captivity Versus the Wild, writer Hannah Sentenac explains how elephants and tigers are just like humans. Elephants “have constant companionship and are emotionally attached to other members of the group - they even show visible signs of mourning when an elephant close to them passes away.” Tigers are “territorial and solitary, but also social animals…”.  Animals should not be killed for the happiness or satisfaction of a person neither for a decoration or a souvenir because animals should be feeling intolerable pain and suffering. 

There are many solutions to these problems that are occurring in South Africa. One solution is to make the penalties for illegally killing these animals stricter. More jail time for hunters and larger fines against the people who murder these animals. Hunters are illegally killing animals and disobeying the law. They should face larger consequences because only a few years and a small fine would not keep them from continuing afterwards. Also, having more rangers on the ground to prevent from any elephants, tigers, and rhinos being killed. More rangers means more animals are safe. Rangers could also possibly catch the poachers and arrest them as well.

Poaching is an issue that needs to be addressed and, because of this, the number of these animals in the wild are declining each year. It has affected these animals drastically, these animals are now considered endangered. These animals are disappearing right before our eyes. If nothing is done, these beautiful animals can become extinct and future generations will never have the chance to see them. As stated before, there are ways to resolve this problem, such as having more rangers on the ground, longer jail time and larger fines for those who illegally kill these animals. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has the power to create change and stop poaching. Bringing awareness to this problem happening in South Africa will give these animals a second chance at life.

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