Its World Animal Day - Go out watch, listen and respect the animals that share this world with us…. After reading this.
Because its world animal day we are going to talk about Poaching and the illegal trafficking of animals.
Finger nails, toe nails and your hair one reason why we are losing millions of animals a year, strange right. Why would people want this why would people kill an animal for this? keratin the substance that’s makes up your hair and nails, also rhino tusks, and the most trafficked animal in the world scales the Pangolin. We lost the last white northern male rhino on the 19/03/18. The pangolin will be next if things continue nearly gone Asia and now in Africa were an upper estimated of 2.7 million are being killed a year, with the trade moving slowly towards south America where in Brazil up to 200 thousand are taken out a year. What’s so amazing about keratin apart from giving us a lush’s head of hair, well not my uncle. Nothing at all, but it is believed by some eastern medicine that it cures cancer and acts as an aphrodisiac, and cures other various illnesses, which there is zero proof for, this can and should be stopped.
Poachers well trophy hunters, who pay big money to shot and kill big game have come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years and so they should. People sharing images with a dead giraffe and a gun in one hand looking like they have achieved something special, claiming that they killed this one because it was old, and it will give the young bucks a chance. A confusing concept when you think back before humans came along the giraffes, elephants, jaguars, lions, tigers, mountain gorillas ect were all doing pretty well with out the old ones being shot, and their families torn apart. It has got to a new low point where lions are now bread to be game, once old enough sometimes not even fully grown adults, they are let out to an enclosed area and then someone who is eager to kill an trapped animal pays to go and do just that. Governments are now banning the so-called trophies from returning with the killer to their home countries, but the law is not always applied. This practice needs to be swapped for eco-tourism, a long lasting way of protecting the animals and bring in the finances that the country needs and more directly to the local communities.
Sometime poaching is not about killing an animal but capturing it, caging it and then selling it on. When I was younger, I was fascinated with birds and I desperately wanted one as a pet but realised after reading about it that birds aren’t meant to be in cages, there meant to fly. Everybody at some point in their life has seen a bird in flight and thought I wish I could do that, Fly. Used in many media and literatures, it is the ultimate symbolic way of express freedom, the protagonists fly off into the distance even in films based on factuality like Greece, where Sandy and Danny fly off at the end in a normal car. The environment is struggling enough and adding to that by having an exocytic pet is unnecessary way of adding to that, if there is no demand there is no trade. This might up set a few people who own such pets, or want one, and that is not the point of this, it is to point out that environment needs to be rebuilt quickly to help save this planet, us included and that won’t work if things keep getting taken out.
These are sentient beings and they feel pain, fear and it is know that elephants have extremely high levels of sympathy and return to there ancestors bones on migrations, even if it means they need to go extra miles to do so. Parrots who mate in captivity have been shown to show signs of extreme depression and death at the death of its partner. Lets learn to think of these amazing creatures that inhabit the world with us as and extension of us, part of this strange family that came from one single life form that in habit this one strange rock, earth the only planet in the vastness of space to hold and support life.
There are many individuals and organisation fighting against this illegal trade but unfortunately with a lot of environmental problems it is extremely underfunded by governments and many can use help, if you want to help become a member of one of these charities it’s a simple but effective way to make sure there vital work continues, by funding research and to finance the team on the extremely brave teams on the front line . Do research into which organisation best fits your main concerns and issues and has a good reputation. Another way is to volunteer for an organisation either out in the field or in an office helping with administration, I know in my charity that was needed, even if its once a month your time does really help and make a difference. You also get to meet some amazing people.
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Written by the volunteer Matthew Rich