Thousands of species from all over the world share threats created by humans. Some unnecessary activities are avoidable and would greatly help all the flora and fauna of the planet, especially the 19 species that are in critical danger of extinction.
ILEGAL HUNTING / TRAFFIC OF SPECIES
The traffic of fur and body parts of animals can be worth thousands of dollars in the black market. Among the best known exotic species are tigers, leopards, rhinos and elephants, but there are many more who suffer slaughter for the price they have: deer antlers, crocodile skins, bird beaks, jaguar fangs and more. In addition, several animals, especially felines such as tigers, are hunted by a demand in Asian, European, and American countries for body parts (fangs, their genitals, bones) for “medicinal” preparations.
DEFORESTATION, AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK
Deforestation is a direct impact of agriculture, livestock and its own food source (soy, grass). And it works like this: thousands of trees are cut down to clear new areas where animals can graze and additionally, thousands of more trees are cut for crops and production of other food for humans, cows, chickens and pigs. Higher meat consumption generates a demand to deforest more areas for more livestock. On top of all this, habitat destruction causes reductions in predator prey populations, which, in turn, gives life to a confrontation between humans and wild animals, where losers are shot when they hunt cattle.
LACK OF PREY (FOR PREDATORS)
In many parts of the world, prey population and the main nutritional sources of predators have been greatly reduced by habitat destruction and hunting. Today, the number of prey in certain places is insufficient to maintain a high population of predators such as leopards and tigers.
The only way to see a significant recovery in the number of predators is by increasing the population of their prey. To achieve this it is essential to stop the poaching of prey, as well as a considerable reduction of deforestation. The survival of hundreds of predators is of enormous importance for ecological, economic and cultural issues. Conserving their habitat benefits other species. Here are 4 reasons why tigers, and other major predators, are so important to maintain a balanced ecosystem.
LACK OF JOB OFFER
Many people who get caught in the attempt of hunting illegally have a common profile, and that is that they can’t get a job to live and support their families. So they are forced to go to the woods and hunt, whether they are killing prey to eat, or predators to sell them in parts. Of course, there are also people who do it for fun and because they know there is good money in the black market for exotic animals.
You may have seen, on social media or on television, different photos of a man or woman posing next to the body of an animal that they had just shot. This person holds a weapon and, on certain occasions, the head or whole body of his “trophy”, be it a lion, elephant, puma, elk or other animal. This person is highlighting the happiness and achievement that the kill just gave him or her. The killing of a living being in cold blood. These practices occur, even the previous King of Spain did it, he killed an elephant for fun.
There are two sides to the trophy issue. In one hand there are those who reject it because its just terrible, they know that it is wrong to kill animals for fun and pleasure; It’s hard to understand how people pay thousands of dollars to kill. And this last point gives room for the other side of the story, and that is the money generated by this activity. Some support it because they say that with the money paid they cover expenses for the protection of species in places where trophy hunting takes. The money prevents illegal hunters from killing at will. This means that an elephant, a lion or a cougar has to die, sacrifice for the rest to live. Do you think that is fair? We don’t, death is not justified by shooting a living being, and also because there are hundreds of other ways to protect them.
Many business owners of trophy tours will say that restrictions on this activity cause more deaths to the animals themselves than the business itself, that allowing them encourages their conservation since with more money entering they are able to provide greater protection to the rest of species. What do you think?
TOILET PAPER PRODUCTION
It is estimated that, per day, 27,000 trees are used only for toilet paper. According to the WWF, brands such as PASEO and LIVI are responsible for the cutting down of millions of trees in Asia and responsible for the disappearance of the habitat of the tiger and the tiger. That is why WWF invites you to buy brands that are certified and that use 100% recycled content.
300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, 7 million go to the ocean. The result, already bad, worsens with one million deaths per year of marine animals, without counting the deaths of those who live on land. Additionally, plastic pollution is so great that there are plastic islands all over the world, one of the largest is located in the Pacific Ocean, its size is equal to 6 times Ecuador!
It is important to know that plastic bags and bottles take 450 to 1000 years to decompose and 160,000 plastic bags are used per second in the world. Therefore, use less plastic, take reusable bags to the supermarket, use water bottles and fewer plastic bottles. Do not order straws with your drink, try to recycle and avoid products with plastic packaging.
PALM OIL PRODUCTION
You’ve probably heard about palm oil and why it is bad for you and the environment. The main thing about this issue is the environmental impact it has, and has had, in the places where it is produced. The tropical forests of Asia, Africa, North America and South America have suffered and continue to suffer enormous destruction and deforestation in order to make way for the production of palm oil. We’ll tell you the key points of the consequences this productions have on life, but mostly death. Keep in mind that palm oil has other names. When you read the list and label of product ingredients palm oil may be hiding under a different name. products that you are probably consuming every day but that you don’t know contain palm oil. Here you can read a specific post about Palm Oil, deforestation and what you didn’t know.
These are some of the threats facing all the world’s species. As we continue to investigate we will continue to update the list. If you know of any more that we could add and investigate further please tell us.
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