The Money Lust
by Dylantor on February 24, 2017 - 3:22pm
The Money Lust
Poaching is defined by illegally capturing wildlife animal around the world. This causes a great impact towards both economic and environmental social aspects. Poaching occurs mostly in Africa as the wild animals, such as elephants, are being hunted for their husks containing ivory. This brings a great deal of money towards the black market but damages the environment in exchange mainly causing certain species to go extinct. This article will hopefully lead the readers to fully understand what poaching is and why it is such an important illegal activity.
The environmental social aspect of animal poaching has turned our world upside down to the point where if there is no stop to it soon in a decade we may not see another African elephant. The act of animal poaching is illegal everywhere by definition. But the act of hunting and gathering is legal in some countries which help poachers avoid the law. “Poaching can refer to the failure to comply with regulations for legal harvest, resulting in the illegal taking of wildlife that would otherwise be
There are many reasons for wildlife poaching; for sport, for money, and for tradition. The sport of poaching has been a sport for a large range of hunters. For example, Walter Palmer the dentist from the USA who killed the beloved Cecil lion outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National park. For money because an elephant and rhino horns are worth a lot of money. And for tradition where where a ritual would have to be taken place with a dead animal. For example, as tradition in Uganda the king must sit on a leopard skin to prove his mighty power, also many witch doctors use animals in the creation of spiritual totems. Why have we allowed for this to happen?
Wildlife poaching has put multiple species in extinction and has put many animals at risk. Many animals that have already gone extinct in the past two centuries are animals like the West African Black Rhinoceros, Pyrenean Ibex, and more. There as a lot more that are going extinct in the next few decades. How would you feel if your children would never be able to see an elephant or a rhino?
The economic social aspect plays a big role in poaching. A country that loses its wild life animals directly loses its tourism which links to a direct loss in the GDP. Most of these countries are already part of the world poorest and it only adds insult to injury. For example, African country have prioritised tourism as their major income and economic growth. While poaching does indeed bring a lot of income, it steals states natural assets. Instead of having a stable and trusted economy, these states focus on making dirty money and bring only economic consequences. Studies have shown that the illegal wild life trade is estimated from USD 7 to 23 billion. The highest demand comes from United States, Thailand, Japan and China. It is estimated that 1 kg of ivory is worth for about 2, 100 USD in Beijing. Why are the elephant tusks so valuable? The tusks are made of Ivory and the material is mainly used to produce jewellery. In 2013, six tons of African elephant ivory were destroyed. It took 25 years to amass this much ivory. This action was meant to be a clear message to stop the wildlife poaching. While it did bring a lot of discourage towards these hunters, was the message truly enough to stop poaching? Some economists say that destroying stockpiles of ivory has been done before, for example it was done twice in Kenya. In the end, poaching has a lot of similarities between another illegal trades: Drug dealing. Can animal poaching be related to drugs in an economical aspect?
In conclusion, we have reviewed the two aspects; the environmental, and the economic standpoints of animal poaching. The environmental aspect passes over extinction and the economic perspective goes over the money to be made in poaching. There are not only those two social aspects. Do you know about any other aspects? Let us know in the comments below.
What is getting in the way of stopping animal poaching?
Where can we go to help combat this problem?
When will we know we have succeeded?
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