It’s Time For The Slaughter To Stop!

The ElephantThe past forty years have seen the increasing decimation of many major animal species on the planet, mainly in Africa and India. For years poachers have killed elephants, rhinoceros, lions and tigers for profit, until we have reached the stage where many are seriously endangered. At current estimates many of these proud animals will be extinct and only a memory within ten years, for the ruthless killing escalates every year.

Among the most published species, the elephant and the rhinoceros are most in danger with tigers coming in as a close second. Why are these animals hunted?

Removing The Tusks With An Axe

The main trade in ivory is to countries like China where the horns of elephants are made into jewelry, utensils, trinkets and religious figurines. Ivory sells at $1,000 a pound.

The Tortured Animal Is Often Still Alive After The Horns Are Removed

Rhino horn is used in the making of medicines in China and Vietnam where misguided people believe it will cure impotence, cancer, fever, and even a hangover. This is preposterous, for their is no medical evidence to suggest that any of this is true. Year on year the demand for this ‘medicine’ is rising.  Rhino horn sells for $30,000 per pound and is much more valuable than gold. According to government sources 1,004 animals were killed for their horn, a 50% increase over the last year alone.

Its A Wonder There Any Tigers Left In India

Tigers are hunted not only for their skins, but also their bones and internal organs which are believed by some to have medicinal properties. None of which is true. Even zebra’s are endangered because some people like to have a zebra skin rug on the floor of their home.

Lions Hunt Where They Can

The story is a little different for the African lion. Their normal hunting grounds have been lost to the invasion of man, and now, due to the loss of their natural food sources they are forced to prey on cattle, and are therefore being killed by farmers who wish to protect them.

Gorilla Pet

Poachers have even begun stealing the babies of gorilla’s to sell on the black market. An infant gorilla will fetch up to $40,000. I have to ask, what sort of sick individual thinks owning a pet gorilla is ‘cool’. The taking of the young gorilla’s can have no other end but the extinction of the whole species.

Proud Owners Of Dead Zebra Skins?

The numbers are shocking when you consider that the black rhino population of Africa has dropped by 97.6% since 1960. Of the once great herds of Grevy’s Zebra that roamed the plains of Africa, now only 2,000 remain. In the mountainous regions of Africa there exist only 900 gorilla’s, and in seven African countries the lion is extinct. On top of all this, it is estimated that at current rates, the elephant and rhino will be no more than a memory in Africa within ten years.

For Use Against Elephants And Rhino’s?

Apart from the opportunist, most illegal killing is carried out by organised crime syndicates that are very well organised, and make full use of the latest technology. Every weapon, from an AK47 to grenade launchers is used to kill the animals, inflicting terrible pain and suffering. There is no such thing as a quick or merciful killing in this business. The syndicates use helicopters and even night vision goggles to track down the animals they slaughter. The people who do the actual hunting and killing receive maybe a few dollars for each animal, and the bulk of the money goes to those at the top. They have no conscience and think only of getting rich.

There are many other species on the planet in severe danger of extinction and this does not bode well for the future. The shameful greed of man is slowly killing this precious Earth on which we live. All in the name of greed.

Roy.

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