STOP! Hunting Animals
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Poaching is a deadly crime against wildlife. Wildlife officials say that legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals every year. For each of those animals, another is killed illegally, perhaps on closed land or out of season, leaving orphaned young to starve. Very few poachers are caught or punished.
Tigers: I am NOT a rug Every part of the tiger, from whisker to tail, is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers. In relentless demand, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies, and increasingly as a status symbol in some Asian cultures.
Elephants: I am NOT a trinket Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( aka CITES) banned the international trade in ivory. However, there are still some thriving but unregulated domestic ivory markets in a number of countries, which fuel an illegal international trade.
Rhinos: I am NOT medicine At least two rhinos are killed every day due to the mistaken belief that rhino horn can cure diseases. The main market is now in Vietnam where there is a newly emerged belief that rhino horn cures cancer. Rhino horn is also used in other traditional Asian medicine to treat a variety of ailments including fever and various blood disorders and even as a treatment for hangovers.
When you think of environmental problems, you probably think of pollution or global warming, but poaching is also a horrible thing happening in the world today. Poaching has plagued environmentalists for years and, despite laws, this horrific crime hasn’t been stopped, yet.
Poaching is a serious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed just for commercial profit, which means that they kill animals illegally and sell the parts just to get things such as money and trophies. Although poachers usually kill tigers, elephants, and rhinos, they also kill sharks and whales. This unfortunate illegal hunting has led to shrinking populations of many species.
Many nations have banned poaching, but enforcement is difficult. And the small number of police officers trained to deal with this crime as an unfair advantage for the poachers.
Poachers usually hunt animals for only one reason. They kill Tigers for skin, Elephants for their ivory tusks, and Rhinos for their horns and the bodies of the animals are left to rot. Sharks are lured to a boat and are caught on a hook that pulls them aboard. Their dorsal fins are cut off, and their bodies are thrown back into the ocean. Without their fins the can’t swim, and if they can’t swim they will die. The illegally obtained fins will be served in shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia.
The laws that are supposed to “protect” the animals are nothing more than a piece of paper. The current poaching bans need more enforcement, and we have a plan. The number of enforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds and make sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa should become a huge zoo so that the animals can migrate but still within a fenced area so that poachers cannot reach them, and Watchtowers could be constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. This may not completely end the problem, but it would slow it down.
Poaching is a serious problem and a criminal act. The effects of poaching will be felt for centuries to come, and if there are any still alive, the only place to see animals might be in a zoo.
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