Poaching is the illegal practice of trespassing on another’s property to hunt or steal game without the landowner’s permission. The act has succeeded in capturing many of the world’s attention. In the continent of Africa, particularly South Africa has been reported for the highest rate of poaching, and ivory of a rhinoceros’s horn, and every day that rate is continuing to skyrocket according to the SADEA (South African Department of Environmental Affairs).
Rhino Poaching in AfricaAfrica is a developing country that has been found to be corrupt in many ways. This is usually because of the powerful leaders using inhumane ways to control their country. This behavior leads to the civilians finding their own way to make money to survive. One of the most scandalous ways is rhino poaching, commonly in South Africa. “Prior to 2006. Illegal killings of rhinos was being maintained at consistently low levels” (Shaw, 2011). When referencing on that point, I wonder how is it that African officials have not put an end on the Rhino hunting and how do they plan to lower the amount of them being hunted. Starting off I plan to look at the fluctuation of rhino killings and why they are being hunted,
Wildlife conservationists are constantly working to supervise the rivers, forest, and other natural resources of Africa in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management. In Kenya, laws against trophy hunting has assisted these conservationists in maintaining wildlife populations. However, park rangers face a huge battle against the illegal poaching of these rare trophy animals, such as lions and elephants. In Asia, the demand for ivory continues to surge, despite the long-time ban on its international trade. The demand is so high that the Tanzanian government has developed plans to construct a commercial highway through the Serengeti in order to more efficiently trade goods with Asia (“The Need for Serengeti Watch”). However, the highway will also provide a faster route to the coast for ivory smugglers. The controversy surrounding the highway and its positive or negative effects on the economy, Tanzania as a whole, and the Serengeti is countless. Despite the debate over its benefits and...
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” a quote said by Gandhi. Animals around the world are becoming more and more endangered by the day. In Kenya, the Black Rhino is extremely endangered along with the Grevy’s Zebra. Both are being mainly slaughtered by poachers for the use of medicine or to sell. The Black Rhino and Grevy’s Zebra are herbivores, they eat only plants. They are needed to regulate the growth of plant life in Kenya. With the loss of either species would cause some plants to overgrow and would cause a problem. In Greece, the Loggerhead Turtle is also becoming more endangered due to fishing nets and habitat loss. Tourism in Greece is growing, which is involving more beaches to be constructed
The main countries affected by the problem of elephant poaching are The Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of The Congo, and Uganda. From these countries Terrorist groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army will cross the border into South
Many species face being eaten out of existence, while charismatic high value species in Africa run the risk of extinction, due to wildlife trafficking. In Central Africa, studies estimate systemic poaching resulted in the loss of 100,000 forest elephants, a 64 percent decline over the past 10 years.
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Anti-hunters are opposed to the explicit acts of hunters in Africa because of the environmental degradation it can lead to. What I want to be of focus, though, is that controversy over the act of hunting is not solely in line with hunting endangered African mammals. The results of all kinds of hunts and the drives hunters have to pursue these hunts differ because of the uniqueness of the goods the hunters seek in their adventures. What non-hunters and anti-hunters easily overlook is the anthropocentric values that the hunter seeks to fulfill and achieve, and how it expresses an interaction with nature.
Animals are also haunted in what is known as poaching or game because of their valuable body parts, such as tusks or just as a trophy. Exotic animals, such as rhinos, elephants, lions and tigers are mainly hunted and killed for the aim of providing hunters with an animal trophy. These exotic animals are subjected into “canned hunts” where hunters pay to kill them. These animals could be from the native land, or raised somewhere else and purchased from people who traffic unwanted animals from African animal parks, circuses and zoos. Canned hunts are considered lucrative businesses in the United States, with about 1,000 game preserves having 5,000 “exotic ranchers” in the North America region (CBS News, 2015). The country’s biggest private land owner, Ted Turner, permits hunters to make payments of thousands of dollars in order to kill deer, turkey, African antelopes, and bison on his land of about 2 million acres (Poole, 2007). Animals confined in ranches permitting canned hunting are usually used to human beings and are not able to escape from the confined place they are in. With no federal laws to regulate the practices of hunting animals, animals will continue to endure suffering and pain. Let us examine how animals endure suffering and
Thirteen years ago, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. Of two potential locations considered (Snowflake Springs and Butte Rock) they were placed in the low-risk prey Butte Rock for the purpose of encouraging the wolves to spread out and create packs. Before and during the reintroduction project, Oregon State University researchers measured the rate of willow growth along 2.6 miles of the Gallatin River, which ran through Butte Rock and Snowflake Springs. During their study from 1998 to 2002, the researchers discovered that Snowflake Springs, where the elk were and no wolves lived, the willow growth dropped from 92% to nothing (“How Wolves Help Willows,” 4).