A Call to Action to Save Dying Rhinos and Elephants from Extincion: Stop Animal Poaching

A Call to Action to Save Dying Rhinos and Elephants from Extincion: Stop Animal Poaching

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Alethea Ambrosio started this petition to World Wildlife Fund

Animal poaching is a serious threat to many wild species. When we say animal poaching, it is when animals are illegally killed for commercial values. This has caused many species to be on the verge of extinction. Animals are being poached to sell them locally or for the global trade in wildlife. Wildlife trading is a major black market that has increased alongside rising wealth in Asia—a major consumer of wildlife—and the advent of e-commerce and social media websites.

Poachers and hunters target rhinos for their horns, which many people (incorrectly) believe have healing powers. Similarly, many elephants are killed for their ivory, which is often carved into artwork and viewed as a status symbol and monetary investment, particularly in Asia. In China and Vietnam, rhinoceros horns are treasured as status symbols and for health tonics due to the keratin in their horns. An example we can consider was Indonesia’s Javan rhinos, which is now extinct since 2011 due to high demand of their horns. At the start of the 20th century, there were 500,000 rhinos in Africa and Asia. Now there are just 29,000. In 1900, 100,000 Asian elephants exist, however, due to cases of animal poaching, 35,000 Asian elephants are now existing. Same goes to African elephants, which had 10 million elephants back in 1900, but now 430,000 exists or even lesser. These statistics shows how these animals were considered officially endangered in Africa and Asia.

Today elephants are now considered endangered, there are about 450,000-700,000 African elephants and 35,000-40,000 Asian elephants. Will our world be like this forever? Are we gonna let this continue? Please save our dear animals. Sign to this petition!

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