Poaching: Illegal Hunting

When you think of environmental problems you probably think of things such as deforestation or pollution , but the poaching of animals is one, too. Poaching has hurt the environment for years and, despite laws this still goes on.
Poaching is a serious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed for commercial profit, meaning hunters kill animals illegally and sell their body parts. Although poachers usually hunt tigers, elephants and rhinos, they kill sharks and whales, too. This illegal hunting has led to the decrease of populations of many species.

Many nations have banned poaching, but enforcement is difficult. The small number of police officers trained to deal with this creates an unfair advantage for poachers.

Poachers usually kill animals for only one product: tigers are slaughtered for their striped fur, elephants are killed for their ivory tusks and rhinos their large horn. The bodies of the animals are left to rot. Sharks are lured to boats and caught on a hook that pulls them aboard. Their dorsal fins are cut off and their bodies thrown back into the ocean. Without fins they can’t swim and will die. The illegally obtained fins are used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia. The laws that “protect” animals are no more than pieces of paper. The current poaching bans need better enforcement.

Poaching is a serious problem and a criminal act. The effects of poaching will be felt for centuries to come if something is not done about it now.

I strongly agree with this article because it addresses a serious problem facing todays society but unfortunately is unrecognised in most cases. I believe that everyone in the world, as part as a community should stop purchasing products made of animal skin, ivory or any product that may have been a product of poaching. Also their needs to be a better non-poaching system in place that can stop poaching and give our wildlife a better chance of surviving.

5 thoughts on “Poaching: Illegal Hunting

  1. It’s a shame that it’s so difficult for authorities to catch these poachers in action – the areas are just too large and often they don’t have the resources. Poachers can also be quite dangerous – they’re armed, after all! I have read recently that we’re starting to look at using technology to combat poaching, using things like unmanned drones to surveil large areas. An interesting topic – thanks for your contribution.

  2. Nicely written post. I teach high school students in Oklahoma and have a couple of classes beginning to blog. Interested in how your class blog was set up, I have cruised through a couple posts and read yours.
    Though I hadn’t considered poaching specifically, I became more aware of the delicate balance in nature reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Prodigal Summer.” In it, people had hunted coyote because of the fear of attacks to their livestock, which actually were not as great as they had thought. But decreasing the number of coyote in that ecosystem threw other parts off balance. That theme was played out over and over in the novel, from plants to animals to humans. The novel does have elements intended for a mature audience, but was extremely educational for me regarding the eco system.

    • Thanks for stopping by! This is a new thing for us, so we’re working out how to do it as we go. It really is all so interconnected, isn’t it? Every small change to an ecosystem has so many other effects – much like the old butterflies and hurricanes cliché.

  3. i hate poachers there the ones that should be hunted not the poor animals i would like them see how it feel to walk a mile in the animals shoes or should i say paws or hoves

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