The Ecologist posted an article by Nick Kettles Revealed: How Demand for Shark Fin Soup Fuels Bloody Harvest tells of the large amount of shark blood shed for the Chinese delicacy, shark fin soup. There are many efforts being set up to help the conservation of sharks but many fall short. One of the many reasons for this is that people flat out fear sharks. Why would they want to help an animal that has been portrayed as a dangerous and seeking to kill humans? The author of Jaws makes a point in saying he had no idea the impact his book and film would make on todays beachgoers.
Why Are Bans on Reptiles Important? There are numerous bans that regulate the ownership of certain reptiles. The punishment varies from fines to jail time. Bans, or laws, are important because they prevent uneducated people who want dangerous reptiles from acquiring them. Many people would think it is cool if they owned an alligator, a king cobra or a Komodo dragon.
A population of endangered gorillas living in a national park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has dropped fifty percent because of rebels, says the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Around the border of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, Kahuzi-Biega National park is now a battleground, with different rebel groups fighting in the area. Now many rebels and refugees living in the park’s borders, bamboo is harvested and used for building materials, and hunt large amounts of wildlife for food and commercial trade. Even the number of illegal snares has grown. It seems that for one reason or another people do not want to stop hunting for Apes or Gorillas.
The Burmese python can get as large as “18 feet, 8 inches” according to (The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission 1). Before taking a large snake as a pet you must first understand how to properly care and maintain the snake so as not to endanger your life or the life of the snake. Large snakes such as Burmese python are very dangerous animals. Some states have their own laws to prevent people from owning them as pets. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission states “State law requires that people have permits to possess Burmese pythons, or any Reptile of Concern.” (1).
If the snakehead becomes established in a body of water it can disrupt the ecosystems predator-prey balance. the have been two accounts of stable breeding populations of Snakehead in both Florida and California, where the climate is warm enough for the Snakeheads to thrive once they are there. Individual Snakeheads have been caught all over the United states, including states as Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Hawaii. The founding in Hawaii is especially troublesome, since Hawaii is already burdened with the plague of numerous other invasive species that threaten to eradicate the flora and fauna of the island. Australia is another warning example that tells us how severe the impact of just a few invasive species can be to an ecosystem in the case of the cane toad .
Elephants, sharks, and several different kinds of fishes are among just a few of the thousands and thousands of species affected each year from human activities. Certain people think that these animals each serve a “valuable” purpose to humans. People think that they can take advantage of them and kill thousands of the animals yearly. Sadly, humans have affected animals and their evolutionary path forever. With the act of ivory poaching, shark finning, overfishing, and numerous other ways of killing animals for just part of their body, people should realize that all of this unneeded killing is awful for the species and downright cruel to animals.
Place of Origin (How it arrived): The Red-eared slider is an invasive turtle species with a large pet fanbase. It’s originating from the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, and the southeastern corner of the United States . This popularity of this animal, which are usually brought overseas, and placed in pet stores have its consequences. This invasive species is usually dumped by pet owners who are misinformed on the Red-eared slider and dislikes the attributes that it has (That it can grow to the size of a dinner plate and they bite). Areas Found: The red-eared slider has been dumped and stranded throughout the world.
The Burmese python could survive very easily in the warm swampy area of the Everglades because this habitat reflects the python’s homeland of Southeast Asia. “Since the mid-1990s, park rangers have captured or killed sixty-eight pythons (Brown 714).” Even though this is an older statistic, it shows that the population of Burmese pythons in the Florida area has been a problem for some time. Most of the snakes in Everglades National Park got there because many owners were not warned of how large these snakes can get, up to 20 feet, and subsequently release the animals into the wild when they can no longer take care of them. The pythons have become a real problem for the natural ecosystem in the park. For example, the Burmese python competes with the native Eastern Indigo snake for food and habitat
In the second film, the primates were shown destroying piles of bones and throwing large objects. Johanson's film disturbed me in others parts. For example, when Lucy was killed by a lion and dragged into a tree. It seemed almost as if Lucy's hearing was not keen enough and therefore she was unable to escape the lion. It is a very crucial portion of the circle of life but the idea of Lucy being killed and dragged into a tree to become dinner for a hungry lion bothers me because of the direct link of Lucy to humans.
It has driven ten of the twelve native forest bird species there to extinction. With few predators, they have an estimated population density of over 3,000 snakes per square mile (University of Washington 2008). Like other invasive species the problems the brown tree snake causes do not just stop there. They are often cause for power outages on the island after they slither on to power lines. Cost In the United States ... ... middle of paper ... ...e threat of invasive species without the help of a strict invasive species management program.