Poaching Our World

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They say it’s because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go, I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her –Ellen DeGenres. People who believe animal killing is an adrenaline sport or a money making business are simply decreasing our chances to see another species live. Poaching has taken many of our favorite animals away and there’s diminutive support from preventing it.  

An elephant poached in Ambosell Park (Photo: Dr. Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices).
An elephant poached in Ambosell Park (Photo: Dr. Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices).

There are those who think that various animals’ parts are valuable towards curing diseases and can be used as helpful remedies. Nevertheless, these individuals fail to recognize that there are no medical values whatsoever. “Many countries believe that the rhino horn is an important ingredient for many medicines. This is false. Rhino horn has the same medicinal effect as chewing on your fingernails aka none” (“11 Facts About Poaching Animals”). Rhinos are being poached for their horns which are believed to help as a cure, but haven’t actually been proven to do so. These animals are defenseless and are an endangered species because poacher customers want something they already have on their fingers. Everyone loves making money; unfortunately, most poachers do it illegally. “Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies. And big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market” (“11 Facts About Poaching Animals”). Poachers will do anything in their path to collect any profit that’s worth their labor and it’s working! Animal poachers and illegal buyers are becoming very powerful and heavily armed people.  This illegal trading that occurs in our world today is slowly deteriorating the environment. The poachers that persist to disturb wildlife are doing it as a selfish act towards greed.   

Ivory Trade (Photo: Elephant Tusk Seizure/ Elephant Ivory Project)

Animal Poaching is affecting the animal population dangerously. “The hunting of male elephants for their tusks has skewed the sex ratio, and there are now some 100 female elephants for every one male in the south” (Hanna, Danielle). The animal population is vanishing by the second because of people’s need for greed. These disgusting kills will diminish future elephant generations. The consequence for the disturbing decline in the animal population has impacted human health. “Ebola, one of the world’s most horrific diseases, has had outbreaks in Africa directly linked to the poaching and consumption of primates. Further, bird flu (H5N1), Monkeypox, and Heartwater Disease are additional examples of diseases directly facilitated by the illegal wildlife trade” (“Why Is Poaching a Problem?”). Diseases are widespread and they’re multiplying from animals that are poached and sold on the black market. Not only are animals being killed from poaching. Poaching manages to murder humans as well.

What is the world doing to stop animal poaching? Anti-poachers have come up with a bright pink dye that is inserted into a rhino’s horn. This dye renders the horn worthless to poachers.

Unlike dye packs, a treated rhino horn doesn’t react chemically – the dye will never explode. It does, however, show up on x-ray airport security scanners, even after a horn has been ground to powder. Combine this with the ill-making effects of the ectoparasiticide and voilà: the horn is practically useless to poachers, because it cannot be sold anymore.” (“Dye and Poison Stop Rhino Poachers”)

White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros (Photo: Heinrich can den Berg/Getty)

This pink dye formulates poison within it and creates horrible symptoms to the consumers of the horn. Now, rhinos are being noticed for their fashionable horn, and poachers are being identified from x-ray scanners. We could find a way of injecting this dye into other animal’s parts that are being stolen by poachers, in a way that doesn’t harm the animal itself. Another anti-poaching movement that has taken place is to poach the poachers. “A state in western India has declared war on animal poaching by sanctioning its forest guards to shoot hunters on sight in an effort to curb rampant attacks against tigers and other wildlife” (Hanna, Danielle). This act of combat has brought joy to the wildlife around us. Wildlife is lingering between existence and extinction. Presently animals have been robbed of their goods.

Violated. Degraded. Decimated. Nature has taken many hits, but the animal population has been a difficult recovery. Poaching slaughters animals for arrogance and there are few ways of ending it. Our ecosystem is plummeting for the cause of the money-crazed world we live in. It has stripped nature from its values dearest to our world and much more. Poaching has to discontinue before it poaches our world.


Works Cited:

“Agony & Ivory.” Elephant Advocacy. n.d: n. pag. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

“Dye and Poison Stop Rhino Poachers.” Scientific American Global RSS. n.d: n. pag. Web.15 Oct. 2015.

“India: Tiger Poachers Can Be Shot, Save Endangered Species/ Global Animal.” Global Animal. 10 June 2013. n. pag. Web. 15 October 2015.

“Obama Administration Ramps Up Efforts to Halt Ivory Trade.” The Dirt. 10 Sep. 2013. n. pag. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

“Pink Poison, the Surprising New Trend That’s Saving Rhinos.” takepart. 10 April 2013. n. pa. Web. 15 Oct. 2105.


“Why Is Poaching a Problem?” Theproblemofpoaching. 21 Aug. 2013. n. pag. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.


“11 Facts About Poaching Animals.” 11 Facts About Poaching Animals. n.d: n. pag. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.



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