While most endangered species are under threat from habitat loss due to encroaching human development, African rhinos face only one major threat: poaching, specifically for their horn. The IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature), TRAFFIC, and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups have recognized Vietnam as “the principal end-use market” for rhino horn. Surprisingly, a study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC in 2013 discovered that “educated, successful and powerful individuals are the main market for horns.” Alarmingly,...
Poaching which is an illegal act of hunting wild animals to take off some vital parts for commercial purposes or for subsistence has become a call for concern lately. Initially, subsistence farmers did poaching as a diet substitute but today, it is being done for commercial purposes; mainly for their body parts or alive as pets in the case of monkeys. Animals that are endangered by poaching include; rhinoceroses, pangolins, crocodiles, bears, sea horses, elephants, sea turtles, wild tigers, rosewood...
Case Study The majestic African Elephant is faced with the fight of its life, threatened by poachers all over Africa. Through non-governmental organizations and the support from local communities, there is still hope for the African Elephant to thrive. “My fascination with and love for elephants began when I first encountered a herd. I was on foot in the forests on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater,” says Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of...
Out of all things in the world, a horn of keratin is valued more than gold, diamonds or cocaine. Rhino horn poaching is and has always been an imposing and significant environmental issue. We have been poaching rhinos for centuries on end, and usage of rhino horn is fundamental in many cultures. In a world ruled by money, where so many people live in poverty, the money that can be gained from rhino poaching is extremely tempting. And even more...
Introduction Wildlife poaching of iconic African wildlife such as elephants and rhinos has become a huge issue for the tourism industry in Africa. A booming black market trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars is fuelling corruption in Africa’s ports, customs offices, and security forces as well as providing new revenues for insurgent groups and criminal networks across the continent. Rather than narcotics, small arms, or other commonly trafficked goods, however, it is record-breaking numbers of poached elephants and rhinoceroses...
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There are many monstrosities committed against animals globally on a daily basis. One of the notable crimes against animals is the illegal poaching of rhinoceros and elephants for ivory. Ivory is one of the most precious materials and it is used for an abundance of reasons. The main reason poaching has become a problem is because western culture believes ivory has medicinal purposes. This makes ivory extremely valuable to the African people. One pound of ivory can be worth upwards...
Environmental security has emerged as one of the important concepts in security studies in 1960s. It includes social, economic and environmental dimensions such as struggle over natural resources, food security, unemployment, environmental crime among others. Poaching is one of environmental crime that poses a threat of endangered species extinction. Since then, new policies and legislations has been introduced to deal particularly with environmental crimes such as International Environmental Laws, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Centre for Environmental...
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world. Being hunted in every state they call home, most notably China. There are 8 species of pangolin, all of which are on the IUCN red list. The most endangered being the Chinese, Sunda and Phillipine Pangolins. All are hunted for similar reasons that I will explore in the following essay. The Chinese Pangolin is known to have once lived in many areas across the southern parts of China, as well as...
What is poaching and how does it affect the economy of Africa? ( Rachel Nuwer,5 October 2017) The Northern rangelands trust (NRT) was established in 2004 and supports 35 community conservancies spending 17,300 square miles in the northern and coastal Kenya Conservation is not something the local people do purely out of altruism NRT member conservancies now benefit from some 15,000 visitors per year. The economic impacts of poaching is ecotourism, foreign aid, and boycotting. In economic terms, the...