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“We are pushing a hundred species a day, four species an hour, into evolutionary oblivion,” says Richard Swift. In one month 3,000 species will be gone. These animals are butchered for their skin, feathers, tusks and internal organs, or taken as cage pets. These animals, once in abundance are killed in mass numbers and are becoming extinct or endangered at an alarming rate. This devastating loss to the eco-system could threaten the existence of human beings, and ironically we are the ones killing the animals. The people who are doing these vicious killing are known as poachers, or illegal hunters. Most poachers kill these animals for money, for in their country one pull of the trigger brings in a years wages. The poachers objective is to kill the animal for one thing, it might be its tusks, fur, or feathers, whatever it is the rest of the animals body is left for scavengers. Imagine a huge 9 ton elephant dead with just it’s tusks gone. If the animal knew it was going to be killed for its tusks I think he might have given them to the poacher. “The poaching problem has gotten so out of hand that the game wardens have been issued new vehicles and automatic weapons and have been given new orders to shoot poachers on sight,” says William F. Allman. It seems as if the protection of an animals life has become a war, humans have had to resort to killing other humans to protect species of animals that have been around alot longer than we have.
Some possible solutions to this growing problem is to stop the consumer market. If people stop buying the ivory, skins, and birds the poachers cannot make money. So infact the poachers may just be doing our dirty work, since we are the ones paying for the goods. Other solutions are the organizations like The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES, which was set up by the United nations to control trade in wildlife and wildlife products. It bans the trade of furs of such endangered species as leopards and cheetahs. It also forbids the import and export of ivory obtained from the tusks of elephants. This agreement, originally signed by 10 nations is now signed by over 100 nations in the fight against poaching and endangered animals. Another organization is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources which gathers lists of endangered plants and animals worldwide to bring these problems to the attention of lawmakers, conservationists, and the public. . With your help and the widely recognized organizations the poaching and endangered species will deplete and the world will be a better place to live on.
For you to help this problem you must boycott animal goods, most likely what ever you need from an animal a manufacturer can make without harming an animal. You can also donate money to these organizations which will help countries enforce their no poaching law an ultimately decrease the number of endangered species.. You as a human being must make the choice to save these animals for your life, your children’s life and your children’s, children will be in jeopardy if something is not done quickly. “For we have come to a point where the fragile ecological system that ensures mankind’s survival is affected by our every action,” said Joannie M. Schroft.
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Environmental crime, Wildlife smuggling, Ivory, Environmental conservation, Poaching, Endangered species, Hunting, Tusk, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ivory trade
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