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Ban on poaching & animals should not be used for source of income and entertainment

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Poaching Poaching is the act of killing, hunting or capturing wildlife animals. Illegal poaching is considered to be a crime. These acts rob away the future generation of wildlife and it also affects human. Poaching: Illegal Hunting When you think of environmental problems you probably think of pollution, but the poaching of wild animals is one, too. Poaching has plagued environmentalists for years and, despite laws, this horrific crime has yet to be stopped. Poaching is a serious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed for commercial profit. This illegal hunting has led to shrinking populations of many species. 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. Effects of Poaching Ecosystems and Wildlife on

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Poaching has the potential to cause endangered species to go extinct, as it severely lowers the number of animals found in the wild if not stopped. For example, the number of tigers in the wild has severely declined to less than 3,500. This is caused mostly by the high price the body parts of the tiger fetches on the black market, and the belief that parts such as their bones can be used as medicine. Fragile ecosystems can be severely impacted by the illegal killing of animals. These effects could be irreversible, and devastating. In the case of the tiger, if the species goes extinct, it could collapse an entire ecosystem. Since the tiger is a predator, the lack of tigers could cause the numbers of the animals they prey on primarily herbivores to increase exponentially. The increase of typically-hunted herbivores and the lack of predators in the wild could cause the amount of natural flora to diminish, and exhaust the food supply of other animals, thus destroying an entire food chain. Ways to stop poaching: The laws that "protect" animals are no more than pieces of paper. The current poaching bans need better enforcement, and I have a plan. The number of enforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds and make sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa should become 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 could be constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. This may Page | 3

not completely end the problem, but it would slow it down. Poaching is a serious problem and a criminal act. The effects of poaching will be felt for centuries to come, and if there are any still alive, the only place to see animals might be in a zoo.

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Animals meant for Amusement? Circuses, zoos, aquariums, dog fighting, hunting, fishing, horse racing, bullfighting all of these practices keep animals in captivity and use them against their will for human entertainment. People take part, considering them fun, entertaining, artistic or cultural, but none justify the forcing of animals into confinement, to suffer and die, for our benefit. In the past, in Roman circuses, elephants, humans, tigers and other animals were killed for the sake of amusing spectators. In England, bears were forced to fight dogs until one of the two died. Until very recently, in a Spanish town, goats were thrown to their deaths from the church tower during festivals. All of these forms of entertainment have finally been rejected by the majority of society, though still many more forms of abuse are yet to be questioned and eliminated. Many of these legal abuses disgust us, whilst others appear to be perfectly acceptable, but just like the Roman circuses it is probable that they will one day be seen as unacceptable in our society. Animal Circus Circuses attract the public, especially children, for being colorful, fun and original. Sadly the reality is a sad one for animals incarcerated in them. Because circuses often travel many miles between different sites, animals invariably suffer. The temporary accommodation for animals, confined quarters, as well as abusive training practices inflicting pain and stress means a life of misery for lions, tigers, elephants and domestic animals in circuses. Natural behaviors are Page | 5

thwarted and animals have to endure performances several times a day ZOOS Zoos are prisons in which hundreds, sometimes thousands, of animals are encaged for the enjoyment of paying visitors. Animals in zoos are caged for life and deprived of the opportunity to develop and fulfill the full range of their interests and needs. They lose control over their lives and the environment they live in. Some animals are confined next to their predators, and some are held in crammed, barren environments where they are constantly bullied by cage mates. Many animals are taken from their families and sent to other zoos, or killed when their group size exceeds the space allotted to them. Many zoo animals suffer from 'zoochosis', a term used to describe repetitive stereotypic behavior such as swaying from side to side, head bobbing and pacing. The alleged 'educational' role of zoos needs to be challenged if we want to live in a just and equitable society that respects animals. If zoos teach anything, they teach us dangerous lessons. They teach us that humans have the right to enslave animals and reinforce the notion that animals have no other purpose other than for our gain. Zoos do not teach us to respect individuals. HUNTING Hunting is considered a sport in many countries around the world. As a result millions of animals die every year. The most common practice is small game hunting, in which the victims tend to be partridges, Page | 6

turtle-doves, rabbits, and aquatic and migratory birds. There is also big game hunting, in which the victims include wild boar, deer and rams. Hunters use guns to kill certain individuals, and lead pellets to kill, injure and mutilate others. Cruel and barbaric blood sports have no place in modern day society. AQUATIC PRISONS Aquariums' are aquatic prisons in which thousands of marine animals, such as tropical, fresh and saltwater fishes and cetaceans are confined. Many of these individuals would otherwise swim thousands of kilometers a day and possess senses which guide them through their aquatic habitat, but are frustrated in tanks where they are condemned to spend their entire lives. Through the glass of the aquarium we do not see the full picture. We do not see the boredom, the monotony or the suffering endured by the animals behind the screens. Seeing the reality would surely prevent us from participating. OTHER SPECTACLES Other spectacles exist where animals are used to serve a human purpose. Rodeos, horse and greyhound racing are just some examples. In all of these the same wrong is repeated: Animals are created, raised, bought, sold and used for human entertainment to their detriment. WHAT CAN I DO? There are countless forms of entertainment which do not cause harm to, or oppress, animals. We can go to circuses that do not use animals, the cinema, the Page | 7

theater, concerts, shows, art galleries, museums, or go for hikes in the countryside whilst observing animals respectfully in the wild. The possibilities are almost endless. But above all this we can make a difference in our lives by informing others about why these places should not exist. We should all be able to enjoy freedom, human or not.

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