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Illegal Animal Poaching At All Time High

Illegal Animal Poaching At All Time High

2nd October 2009
Endangered Tiger

Endangered Tiger

Rhino With Baby

Rhino With Baby
Despite the increasing public awareness of the dangers of illegal poaching on endangered animal species, the number of animals that are poached around the world seems to be increasing according to recent reports.

Animals that inhabit areas across Africa and Asia seem to be at most risk, particularly rhinos and elephants that are shot and killed for their ivory and poaching levels of the elusive rhino seem to be at an all time high.

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

However, it is not only those animals that have vulable tusks that are of interest to poachers but also those that have been traditionally used in medicines, particularly in regions in the far east. Tigers, rhinos, bears, turtles and numerous other animals are used in medicines as part of this holistic approach to healing.

Rising economic growth in the far east over recent years has only increased the demand for such medicines, putting hundreds of animal species at risk. Not to mention that the trade of endangered animals is considered an illegal practice and is punishable by a long-term prison sentence.

Chinese Medicine Market

Chinese Medicine Market
To learn more about the animals that have been affected, please see:

Illegal Animal Poaching At All Time High Comments

jade
""Animal poaching is stupid and cruel i hate poachers and what they do to these poor animals!""
amanda
"I love this site! poaching is cruel. the animals didn't ask to be poached!!"
Amanda
"I hate poaching! Lets take a stand!"
Courtney
"I think this is a really great site but I hate the fact that we aren't able to stop poachers. I think it's just sick that people would kill an animal just for it's tusks or whatever they desire about it."
Alesha
"This is a very cool site and I really appreciate all the interesting facts and thoughts that it offers. I was wondering, do you know how often poachers are actually caught? I was writing a paper for my english class a few weeks ago in college and I found a lot of interesting facts that I would like to share with you. Did you know that even if illegal poaching in the waters near Japan for whales will result in severe punishment, the numbers are still rising? I find it interesting that poaching for food and valuable items taken from the animals will never ever really stop. The only way to help prevent some of it is to not buy things that may have been gathered illegally from poached animals. "
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