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).
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). Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique and Congo are the primary countries being affected in South Africa from these anonymous poachers. From the year of 2000 to 2013, the rate of poaching has elongated from 6 to 946 and standing alone in 2012, over 668 rhinoceroses were shot dead in account of the SADEA.
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"By far the greatest fatality in Africa was from malaria" (McLynn 228). Often times entire expeditions would die of disease upon traveling in Africa. "Of the 40 men who accompanied Mongo Park's second expedition to the Niger in 1805, not one returned to England. Six were killed in battle, the rest died of malaria or dysentery" (McLynn 228). The Europeans lacked ways to cure or prevent these diseases because they knew so little about them.
Today elephant poaching is illegal, but that is not stopping it from happening. Both African and Asian elephants are still being killed for their valuable tusks. The tusks of elephants are created of ivory. This has been an extremely valuable substance for years and killing elephants is one of the few ways people can obtain it. Money drives our world and our economy, so people will do a lot in order to get the money they want.
The exact number f Western Lowland Gorillas is not known because they inhabit some of the most dense and remote rainforests in Africa. Significant populations still exist including in isolated swamps and the remote swampy forest of the Republic of Congo. The Western Lowland gorillas are hunted very often but it is illegal to hunt them. The hunting and killing of Gorillas is illegal but still the animals are killed for bushmeat or during the capture of baby gorillas for pets. About 5% of western lowland gorillas are killed each year.
Since the European colonization of eastern Africa, big game hunting, also know as "trophy hunting", has been a very controversial topic. During the early days of trophy hunting, dwindling numbers of some of the world’s most unique and prized wildlife was not a problem like it is today. When a trophy hunting dentist from Minnesota paid $55,000 to kill a prized African lion, he unintentionally reignited the heated debate concerning big game hunting. Wildlife conservationists and hunters debate the impact of hunting on the economy and the environment. Legal hunting can be controlled without government intervention, and the expensive sport of trophy hunting could generate a large sum of money to support conservation efforts.
Among the greatest contributors to social destabilization and environmental damage to various Central African nations is the proliferation of poaching and the black market industry that stems from it. Every year, poachers kill thousands of exotic animals such as elephants and rhinos to satisfy international demand for animal products. Despite the current global ban on any commodities derived from poached animals, today’s illegal poaching market affects millions of human and animal lives. Through the use of stricter international legislation, greater outreach through educational services, and increasing the funding for African national park rangers, poaching in Central Africa may diminish to the benefit of both African society and the global ecosystem. Today’s modern poaching business resonates the influence of former European control over regions in Africa where exotic animals are prevalent.
Planet Earth is the one and only home for humans, and it’s their natural duty to protect it and all of its inhabitants. For many people, the fate of animals is of little importance, especially when there are so many of their own species suffering throughout the world. However, only when one has respect for nature can he or she come to appreciate for his or herself. In the past few decades, some animals have progressively come closer and closer to extinction. When compared to demographics 30 years ago, less than 5% of tiger and rhino populations remain in the wild (Congressional).
Poachers are not living up to this responsibility, but completely going against it. As of right now, the western black rhino is gone forever, and many other rhino species are not far behind. In 2013, the death toll of the rhino in South Africa was at... ... middle of paper ... ...eLibrary. Web. 03 Mar.