The Poaching Crises

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The Poaching Crises Thousands of people are willing to risk their lives to kill an elephant or a rhinoceros each year. To many people, this sounds morally wrong, but to wildlife conservationists this sounds like an atrocity against nature and a crime that people should be convicted for, but hardly ever are. This injustice plagues South Africa and Kenya along with many National Parks and animal refuges in Africa. The rangers in these area are at a constant battle with warlords and gang members and are simply trying to save both their skin and the animal’s tusks. The poaching of listed and endangered animals along with maintaining the current rate of trafficking of animal products is causing drastic environmental effects, as well as, the extinction of many animals, and the problem is only said to increase within the coming decades. Poaching, the illegal practice of trespassing to hunt or steal game, has become a worldwide trend in which criminal syndicates have taken part in. Countries that have a high poaching rate include the United States and Africa, but the animal parts taken from these countries are traded all over the world. There are many reasons why poaching has been proven unnecessary over the years, yet the killing of rhinos and elephants for their horns and ivory has increased by over 300 percent since 1989. (Odula 2) Many people who are not as obviously impacted by these changes question as to why this is relevant and how it pertains to their wellbeing. If the killing and trafficking of animals is not Fleenor 4 enough of a reason to be concerned, terrorist groups in Africa, such as Somalia’s al-Shabab, the Lords Resistance Army, and Darfur’s Janjaweed are using the profits for selling these items to arm themselves wi... ... middle of paper ... ...l as influential, political leaders and dedicated rangers are faced with is to stop the extinction of as many animals as they can so that the next generation can enjoy their beauty and charm as much as the generations before them. Works Cited Ellis, Richard. Tiger Bone And Rhino Horn: The Destruction of Wildlife for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Washington: Island Press, 2005. Print. Duffy, Rosaleen. Nature Crime: How We’re Getting Conservation Wrong. United States: Yale University Press, 2010. Print. Odula, Tom. US News. Associated Press. March 25, 2014. Web. 10 April 2014. Meryl Burgees. University Stellenbosch Center for Chinese Studies. University Stellenbosch. December 2012. Web. 14 April 2014. Harvey, Martin. “Stopping Poaching.” October, 2013. Web. 12 April 2014: 2. Web. Kahumba, Paula and Ingber, Lisa. “Africa Wild.” The Guardian 16 March 2014: 3. Web.
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