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social studies poaching


Carter Simon

on 29 January 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli In Africa Poaching What is poaching? Poaching is the act of illegally taking fish or game. In Africa most animals are poached for one thing or another, animals with fur, like lions and cheetahs are killed for their skins. Animals with ivory or antlers are killed for those, that includes rhinos and elephants. “Some scientists believe that if poaching continues at this rate, elephants could become extinct by 2020.”- Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://... Something has to be done before our worlds greatest species disappear for ever. Why is poaching such a large problem in Africa? How was the problem
of poaching started? Poaching first started when everyone started claiming land for themselves and other would try to fish or hunt on it. It the last 6 years the amount of rhinos poached has gone straight up on the charts. “Demand comes from parts of China and Vietnam, where new wealth has combined with an age-old myth that rhino horns can be used to cure cancer. “Rhino horns are now worth an estimated $25,000 per pound, making their natural weapon worth more than gold.”-Kachro, Rohit. Hunted for horns worth more than gold. NBC News. N.p., 6 Apr. 1212. Web. 11 Jan. 2013. This has been a huge setback in trying to stop poaching because as it got harder to find the horns the price got higher so people poached more
for the money. What impact have the
people in the areas had? People in the area have had many different impacts on poaching. There are the poachers and the rangers that fight the real battles and the people on the internet. The tribes didn’t always agree with the poaching laws because that have used these animals for rituals and food for thousands of years, now their traditions have to change. “Many tribes in Congo consider leopard skin a symbol of magic, and many witch doctors in the region use these skins to show their powers. Many animals are killed for ceremonial purposes, such as cleansing a bad omen, asking gods for rain, etc.”-Peter, Magelah. "Poaching." Encyclopedia of Earth. Ed. Sylvio G. Codella. Boston University, 20 Sept. 2012. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. Even though the animal may be endangered the tribes see it as being okay to kill the species. How are people that live there
affected by the decreasing
number on game animals. The tribes that live in Africa have been affected by poaching but not too badly. The poaching is usually in safari areas and away from the remote places people still rely on the meat. “We want to move ahead to take the challenge from the modern society of the world.. and there is another option, do nothing, train our children the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, go backwards and become cavemen”.- Idris Buang They don’t want to have to kill animals when they don’t have to but they have to to survive if they can’t farm enough. What solutions have locals or
scientists given to stop poaching The locals and government officials have tried many different tactics to stop poaching but they are expensive and hard to do. “The Albertine Rift in Central Africa has over the past 50 years demonstrated the benefits of a close tie between law enforcement and the survival of diverse species. ”-Bennett, Elizabeth L. "How to Stop Wildlife Poachers." The New York Times: n. pag. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. It is hard to find people that will do this because many conflicts turn into gunfight. It is also expensive to pay these people for jobs that could kill them.

Poaching is happening for many different reasons and different circumstances also. “There are three motivations for poaching; food, cultural and economic. When food is scarce, traditional hunters have been known to poach protected species in order to eat.”-Pedersen, Stephanie. "Continued Poaching Will Result in the Degradation of Fragile Ecosystems." The International. N.p., 4 June 2012. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. Some African tribes use animal skins to show power and wealth and that is bad for the ecosystem because animals are killed all time for no reason. My Solution After looking at many different so called perfect solutions a few stood out. As of now they are putting out more and more patrols to catch the poachers but they can only have so many so it will never fully stop the problem. I read an article about how to stop poaching and they had a crazy but great idea. Here in America if an animal has something we want we farm a whole bunch of them and take it why not do that. If people want the rhino horns breed a lot of them and kill them like we do with cows take the horns and the meat could be used also for food. In the future hopefully we can find a way to harvest the horns without harming the animal and then releasing them to breed for the for later. There are many great ideas for many of our world's problems, but how many will really work? How it works. The poachers go out hunting,
but they arn't alone. The good guys. From there... Or... The End...
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