Changemaker Blog Post: Poachers - by Emma-Lee
than that. The first thing people need to know is that it isn’t so black and white. It’s
not just “poachers are bad” there are different kinds of poachers. The ones who
do it for fun and the ones who do it because they have to. It's important to know
which is which. The ones who poach because they have to need something else
to turn to and the ones who do it for fun in my opinion need an education or
someone needs to change their minds.
Some people who are most guilty are the buyers. They’re encouraging poaching
by paying big money for animal parts. For example: Poachers poach and then
they sell rhino horns for $65,000 a kilogram in 2012. If there were no buyers,
there wouldn’t be a point for poachers to poach. I think something that would
make a difference to the buyers is seeing pictures of dead animals, seeing that
because of them an innocent animal is dead and missing something, like a rhino
with their horn missing or an elephant with their tusks missing.
even illegal. For example: Female leatherback sea turtles are endangered of
going extinct because they are poached for their eggs, meat and shell. And in 42
countries it is still legal to capture and kill them. There are estimated to be
between 34,000 and 36,000 nesting females left worldwide compared to 115,000
nesting females in 1980. So the first step to stopping poaching should be (in my
opinion) making it illegal.
Shark finning is where poachers capture sharks and remove their fins while
they’re still alive, then drop them back in the water. This is cruel because either
they drown, get eaten by something else or bleed out- Whichever comes first.
They could at least kill the thing instead of giving them a slow painful death.
stop it. I also prefer the video over an article because it gives visuals and in my
opinion it's better to actually hear and see who’s talking instead of reading an
article. I think that there is still hope for endangered species to make a comeback.
- Donate to wildlife organizations
- Spread the word
- Remember to go beyond charismatic creatures