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Poaching: Illegal Hunting MAG

By Anonymous

      When you think ofenvironmental problems you probably think of pollution, but the poaching of wildanimals is one, too. Poaching has plagued environmentalists for years and,despite laws, this horrific crime has yet to be stopped.

Poaching is aserious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed forcommercial profit, meaning hunters kill animals illegally and sell their hidesand parts. Although poachers usually hunt tigers, elephants and rhinos, they killsharks and whales, too. This illegal hunting has led to shrinking populations ofmany species.

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

Poachers usually kill animals for onlyone product: tigers are slaughtered for their striped fur, elephants are killedfor their ivory tusks and rhinos their large horn. The bodies of the animals areleft to rot. Sharks are lured to boats and caught on a hook that pulls themaboard. Their dorsal fins are cut off and their bodies thrown back into theocean. Without fins they can't swim and will die. The illegally obtained fins areused to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia.

The laws that"protect" animals are no more than pieces of paper. The currentpoaching bans need better enforcement, and I have a plan.

The number ofenforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds andmake sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa shouldbecome a huge zoo so that the animals can migrate but within a fenced area.Another idea is to build a cement enclosure instead of fences. Watchtowers couldbe constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. Thismay not completely end the problem, but it would slow it down.

Poachingis a serious problem and a criminal act. The effects of poaching will be felt forcenturies to come, and if there are any still alive, the only place to seeanimals might be in a zoo.

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This article has 29 comments.

PENDEJA2.0 said...
on May. 29 2018 at 10:15 am

Pendeja said...
on May. 29 2018 at 10:14 am

Adward said...
on Jan. 16 2018 at 10:07 am
Seriously very bad situation this is with our planet beautiful creatures. But a very nice thinking

i love this so much!

Tuski said...
on Jul. 5 2017 at 12:26 pm
I sure pouching will stop////

Ash! said...
on Jul. 4 2017 at 7:21 am
I just can't understand why they kill animals. If they want money and they have hands they could do work if they can shoot animals with guns then can also use a laptop for work. And if they don't want to do work then ask everyone for money but please don't kill animals I will give u money but don't kill animals!!! Please please. It is for every hunter !

on Mar. 13 2017 at 2:27 am
I hope that poaching will stop

on Mar. 13 2017 at 2:27 am
I hope that poaching will stop

on Mar. 13 2017 at 2:27 am
I hope that poaching will stop

dream said...
on Jun. 7 2016 at 6:31 am
I hope human understand the feelings of animals how can we be so cruel....

dream said...
on Jun. 7 2016 at 6:31 am
I hope human understand the feelings of animals how can we be so cruel....

ll2121 said...
on Feb. 17 2016 at 11:12 pm
this is so sad. i luv animals

rockylove said...
on Nov. 12 2015 at 1:18 pm
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I am so mad know to that people are hunting and killing these animals for no reason makes me mad killing the elephants for there horns and also with the rhinos for money is just wrong and killing whales and sharks for money these people make me sick i won't to do something about this so much reply back if you feel the same way

rockylove said...
on Nov. 12 2015 at 1:08 pm
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I'm about to read this article i hope its going to be good can you guys tell me what you think of it

Hannah786 said...
on May. 14 2015 at 10:55 am
I loved this essay, and I also think your plan is AWESOME!!!!! Great Job by the way. LOL :D:D:D

LOLperson said...
on Jun. 1 2014 at 6:11 am
This essay is really good. It helped me a lot!-LOL

tawa112 said...
on Feb. 25 2014 at 1:42 pm
This article was really good guys. Nice work on describing the poaching conflict. Alot of errors but still good job guys.

Blablabla said...
on Nov. 6 2013 at 10:52 am
okay so it doesnt matter if you can't spell all that good. don't hold it against him/her! anyhow im in for ya plan(ps victoria, you spelled at least wrong.)

on Sep. 23 2013 at 10:59 am
i loves the idea very much,but they are so many typo errors...but..that can be fixed,so,,good job guys! :)

on Nov. 20 2012 at 1:08 pm
It is important to think about poaching