Poaching is defined as illegally capturing, injuring, or killing an animal that is not on your land. The motive to commit this crime over the years has shifted from simply from individuals illegally hunting game to large organizations slaughtering animals to gain profit. Many are aware of this issue, but underestimate the sheer enormity of it. According to The Fish and Wildlife Service, there is an estimated $15-20 billion global market generated from poaching and trafficking of animals and their body parts. They have also reported that over 8,000 endangered species do not receive any federal protection.
For instance, South Africa is the largest location known for the southern white rhinos and their population decline is because of uncontrolled hunting that is happening there without the government getting involved. The second most “sought after animal for trophy hunts are by far the elephants today because their payout is between 25,000$ - 60,000$”(New York Times). The africans elephants are throughout Africa and rainforests where hunters can easily spot them and kill them right on the spot with no warning to the innocent creature; another reason why they are the most hunted because they are the biggest animal to hunt which makes an easier target but they do fight back if they see the
Within the United States, the exotic pet trade is a very popular business. Many people will spend over hundreds of dollars just on the animals alone, not including housing units and food. As a result, business men and women of the pet trade will scour the earth to find populations of interesting, exotic animals to sell. Many hobbyists of the pet trade will make snap decisions to buy these animals before they completely understand the commitment needed to take care of the animal. Once the owner realizes they can no longer take care of their pet, most will release it into the surrounding environment.
Five snow leopard were trapped using leg-snare traps by locating 16 different sites in Langu valley, Mugu, Nepal (Jackson 1996), where radio collar was given to the captured snow leopards. After analyzing 78 scats in Langu valley, primary prey species was found to be blue sheep followed by voles and pikas as supplementary diets. Khatiwada et al. (2007) found 1102 blue sheep individuals from 43 herds with average herd size of 25.63 individuals in KCA. He found 0.90 (90 males per 100 females) and average recruitment rate was found to be 0.56 (56 lambs per 100 females) confirming a stable blue sheep
“45,000 people die each year in traffic accidents, 47 from lightning and 1,600 by falling down stairs. 1 by captive big cat, 0.81 by captive elephant, and 0 from humanless primate a year.” (REXANO) This is a poorly thought out statement. It compares some of the largest causes of death in America, with a very small amount of the deaths caused by certain exoticly owned pets. The thought of keeping a wild animal in captivity is also very inhumane. Many animal rights activists have to deal with the fact that the REXANO (Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership) supporters, are fighting against what they believe is right.
Every year hundreds of wild, exotic animals are killed, primarily in Africa, for money, bragging rights, and even decoration. Big game trophy hunting is a booming business, but has sparked a worldwide debate, especially after the killing of Cecil the Lion. Trophy hunters claim they are helping conservation efforts, but in reality, they are harming them. This sport is damaging the overall population of a species, especially lions, rhinos, and elephants. Also, the overall revenue from big game hunting is a small amount, and only a small percent of that goes to help the community.
I’m here today to talk about a controversial issue that has been around for a period of time, animal testing. Animal testing using animals in experiments with different chemical substances in everything from medical to cosmetic to determine their safety as well as effectiveness . It’s a problem that has existed since the 3rd and 4th centuries BCE with its merciless methods and painful ways of abusing animals for human demands, but now it’s time for it to stop. Our technology has developed significantly since; therefore, such medieval methods of torturing animals are no longer necessary. Researches have shown that each year, over 100 million animals are tortured and killed in American laboratories alone, including dogs, cats and more; this shows how far out of hand animal testing have gotten.
Cecil the lion was a beloved and iconic figure in Africa, but when he was illegally killed by a big game hunter, it flared up the argument of whether or not hunting helps or hurts the environment. Hunting helps keep the population of animals in control, removes predatory animals that are attacking villagers and livestock, and gives money earned from hunters and the permits required and uses it for conservation efforts. Hunting helps cull back animals that are overpopulating local areas or animals are old and need culled out of the herd. “In the UK we spend [pounds sterling]480 million annually on agri-environment schemes yet in the past 50 years alone, 60 per cent of 3,148 species studied in Britain have declined, one third of them seriously.”(Young) The numbers presented show that agri-environment schemes don 't work, and other solutions need to be enacted to help fight overpopulation. “Unpalatable as it may be to sentimentalists, the only places where you will find thriving populations of lapwings and other ground-nesting birds, such as curlews and grey partridges, are on estates with diligent gamekeepers who control our flourishing hordes of
It also effects the environment That the animal lives in. It can also effect the humans because now the animal park rangers who the animals have become bonded with could be scared and kill the humans. So if this incident happens often then that could also decrees in population. In South Africa it has come to concern that the animal population are in such critically decreasing and poachers are rising so dramatically. The people in South Africa are now worried that the poachers are gonna make some of those animal populations go extinct (Poaching Crisis In South
The guest speaker at the Bovay Lecture this year was Ronald Sandler, and he covered the topic of genetic manipulation in order to save various species of animals. Entire species are disappearing at an alarming rate: up to several thousand per year, which is several orders of magnitude larger than historical trends. Species all across the globe have become more susceptible to extinction, particularly those that must live in very specific habitats such as the Artic, freshwater lakes, deserts, and islands to name a few. Most of the extinctions today result from non-local causes, such as the global climate change. By contrast, in the past a significant portion of species extinction could be attributed to local causes, such as a community clearing a forest to make farmland.