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Transcript of Poaching
There are two main types of elephants: African elephants, and Asian elephants. African elephants are usually the ones poached. There are also two main uses for an elephant that have been poached: ivory, and meat (which is considered a delicacy in Africa). The ivory is used as a status symbol.
Rhinoceros poaching is not as well known as elephant poaching, but this animal is poached almost as much, to a devastating amount. African rhino horns are used in traditional Asian medicine (like elephant tusks). They are used to "cure" nosebleeds, strokes, and fevers; although, the horn of the rhinoceros has as much medical value as biting your fingernails. Organizations are poisoning rhinos horns so that if a poacher tries to sell it whoever uses it becomes sick and no one will want to buy it anymore.
Why does poaching exist?
Poverty/Money for family
Public demand for traditional medicine, Religious objects, Materials
Why should Poaching stop?
What is Poaching?
Poaching is the act of illegal hunting or fishing. Poaching is one of the reasons why species can become endangered. The definition of poaching is anytime that you kill an animal (or plant) illegally. These acts are extremely cruel, and should be stopped.
By: Myrranda and Mira
100 years ago 100,000 tigers roamed freely in India. Now only 3,200 still remain alive in the wild. Tigers are poached for their organs, bones, and pelts. Claws, teeth, and whiskers are said to bring good luck in some Asian cultures. Tiger bone and skin are used as status symbols. Tiger parts are in such a high demand that they are bred on tiger farms!
Creates corporate greed among people
An elephant recently poached.
Elephant bodies are left in the wild to decompose on their own.
An elephant poacher next to his kill.
Six rhinos were poached in 2000.
25 poached in 2002.
Seven were poached in 2001.
The astonishing amount of
rhinoceros were poached in 2013!
Sometimes the taking of the horn doesn't kill the animal.
Other times the rhino is killed brutally by the poachers.
This rhinoceros's leg has been cut off it's body!
1 of the thousands of tiger farms.
Sumatran tiger caught in snare.
Tiger found after being poached for thrill.
Russell E. Train
Russell E. Train was the founder of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), and the vice president after the founding. His leadership helped define the environmental movement to save endangered animals.
How can you help?
To help save these poached animals, you can donate to the WWF fund, at supportwildlife.org. We share the earth with these incredible creatures so we should feel obligated to lend a helping hand towards them. If you can't donate money, you can always educate friends and family. Keep in mind that these animals could be extinct by the time we are thirty!
What do we Plan to do?
We plan to spread the word to family and friends by sending out postcards that we created, hoping that they will donate to make a change. We will also give some money to the World Wildlife Fund. Any amount helps!
Rhinos were being poached at the rate of 2 per day at the beginning of 2013.
Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Korea are a few of the countries with demand for poached products.
Less than 300 Sumatran rhinos are left, and around 60 of the Java rhinos.
Around 22,000 elephants were killed illegally in 2013
Only 7% of original tiger habitat
Most times rhinos are not drugged fully and feel every cut of the poachers.
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Humans should not be the cause of the extinction of other animals!
In our lifetime rhinos, elephants, and tigers could be extinct .
There's really no essential need for the products harvested.
Poaching is based on human desire and wants; not life-saving necessities.
The sacrifice of these animals is too great!
Statistics found from WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa).
Already 37 poached in 2014!
WARNING! This presentation contains gruesome images!
BORN: 1920 DIED: 2012