Poaching has been defined as the illegal hunting or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, poaching was performed by impoverished peasants for subsistence purposes and a supplement for meagre diets. Now a days poaching is performed because multiple species body parts cost high amounts of money. Hunting species for there today parts are driving endangered species to extinction. My goal is to put a stop to poaching completely. My campaign is important because I want future generations to be able to have the opportunity to see species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos in the wild.

Ivory price is about 1000 US$/kg, so it is a high profitable illicit traffic. Ivory trade has been illegal since 1989, and many African countries have high fines and penalties for criminals. This doesn’t stop poachers because their killing on average three rhinos every day and over 20,000 elephants each year as well as countless other animals, there is an urgent need to ‘stop the poaching’. 

In 2003, enterprising criminals in Southeast Asia realised that they could exploit a loophole in South Africa’s hunting laws to move rhino horns legally across international borders. In a dramatic demonstration that the majority of the governments of the world value elephants alive more than their ivory, in  just two years, there were major ivory destruction events in the Philippines, China mainland and special administrative region Hong Kong, Kenya, Gabon, Chad, Belgium, France, the UK and the US. More than 60 tons of ivory in total was destroyed so that it could no longer feed the ivory market. 

Elephants and Rhinos aren’t just targeted  Tigers as well, until recently it was thought that habitat loss was the reason for the tigers population decreasing. But in North India in 1993 authorities seized 36 tiger skins and 667 kg of tiger bones. Poachers in India sell these animals to China so they can use their body parts for traditional medicine. Some animals, such as birds, reptiles, and primates, are captured live so that they can be kept or sold as exotic pets. Slaughtered animals, on the other hand, have commercial value as food, jewellery, decor, or traditional medicine. The ivory tusks of African elephants, for example, are carved into trinkets or display pieces. The scales of pangolins, small animals that eat ants, are ground into powder and consumed for their purported healing powers. The meat of apes, snakes, and other bush animals is considered a delicacy in parts of Africa.

Change is needed because many animal species are in the verge of extinction and we are the only ones to change this. Protecting endangered species is one of the ways the government can help with the poaching crises. Cracking down on the black market is another way to inflect change.

The reason for my research is to expose how brutal poaching is. We need to protecting our beautiful wild life because once its go its go. Poaching is driving species of animals to extinction and with how the numbers look it, it is highly likely future generations won’t ever see these amazing creatures in the wild or in captivity. There are only 3,500 Indian one horned rhinos left in Nepal and, between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants. To help the situation we need to act with power and serve justice.

The second reason we need to stop poaching is because it is damage the natural food chain for some animals which are causing species to die from starvation. Poaching affects the food chain in a number of different ways depending on the species which is being poached. If poaching of a carnivorous animal like lions is carried out it may lead to a decrease in competition between carnivorous species or lead to an increase in the numbers of primary consumers.

The wildlife rangers who are paid to protect these animals have an incredibly dangerous job, with dozens of dedicated workers slaughtered by poachers each year.  871 is the total number of wildlife guardians who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 2009. This year saw the murder of Rachel Katumwa, the first female ranger known to be killed while on duty in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We need to stop the deaths of innocent people that are just doing there job to protect these animals. We need to put a stop to poaching this can’t continue on.

In order for things to change we all need to act and help out as much as we can. We can all help by not buying animal material clothing as this will bring the industry down. We can also help by not buying any animal product furniture or decorations. Action needs to be taking now as species of animals are very low and numbers and are on the verge of extinction. Animals, abuse them and you will lose them. Love them, don't eat them. Shoot animals with cameras, not with guns.

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