The Pros And Cons Of Poaching

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Poaching, the illegal buying and selling of animals, “­has been illegal for hundreds of years, but it was during the Late Middle Ages that poaching became a punishable offense” (Shadow). Poachers then began selling on the black market, which caused the authorities to step in. According to Simon Shadow, “authorities created traps and spring-guns that would maim or kill poachers”. But in the 1830’s their methods were “deemed illegal”. During that time period, many people had turned to poaching just to survive. So, the peasants were allowed to hunt and kill small animals. By allowing them to kill small animals they felt it would stop them from killing other animals. This proves that even when people try to stop it, it can be difficult. They have…show more content…
Multiple different anti poaching groups have been formed. This includes the IAPF, WWF, WCS and many more (Bardroff). These anti poaching groups protect community assets, create jobs, promote training and education and reduce habitat destruction. Furthermore, the community is educated by training and campaigns (“Stopping Poaching”). Also there have been many legal actions that have taken place such as bans and laws that have been made (“Stopping Poaching”). They are trying to teach people about what will happen if they don’t stop poaching. Over time people have began doing more to stop poaching. Not only are groups working to stop it but also…show more content…
Poached animal products are typically used in Asian medicine. Multiple species are being killed at an increasing rate for the purpose of their bizarre cultural traditions. Caught in this frenzy of nasty rituals are animals like the rhinoceros (Conca). Other animal parts used in these medical practices are tiger bones, rhino horns, bear bile, deer, and seahorse. There are many beliefs of what these products can help with such as arthritis, headaches, liver problems, and skin infections (Hoiberg). The most commonly known is rhino horn treating fever, convulsions, and delirium. But what they don’t know is rhino horn is made of keratin, meaning it’s just as effective as grinding up your own fingernails and eating them. Studies have shown that all of these medical claims have “no scientific medical benefits” (Miller). Instead of using poached animals for medical reason, Asian countries can be taught modern medicine. Also people should not purchase poached animal products. This includes items made of ivory (Hoiberg). Instead of buying a product that contains parts of a poached animal, purchase a similar item that is made of a synthetic material. People should stop using these animals to make products such as fur coats and animal decor (Huehne). If and item is purchased that is made of synthetic materials it could look realistic

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