Animals vs. Humans

By: Jared Tanguma Nov. 2nd 2015


The fight over Trophy Hunting. Hunters have always hunted big game like lions, rhino's and elephants, but just recently in July hunters lured a 13 year old lion from a protected are to a national park because a dentist from Minnesota had paid $50,000 to kill the lion. After the death of the lion, scientist that have studied it for many years and tourist that the lion attracted had caused an uproar and had caused his dentist shop to close and for two weeks and people signing petitions to stop issuing permits to kill lions and other animals in Zimbabwe. Not only is Trophy Hunting a problem but also Poaching and Habitat loss. Africa has lost 60% of there big wildlife animals because of poaching, $30,000 elephants have been killed by poachers meeting a demand for ivory in China and elsewhere. Conservationists believe that Habitat Loss, it's expected to double to 2.5 billion by 2050. In Mozambique, for example, the number of people living inside one of the country’s national parks grew to about 35,000 in 2012 from about 21,000 in 2001. Some guides illegally take hunters to protected areas or lure the animals out, as in the case of Cecil. And the money from hunting isn’t always handled properly. A 2013 report found that as little as 3 percent of those funds actually makes it to locals. Conservancies run by locals has allowed the country to set aside 20 percent of its land for conservation. As a result, Namibia’s populations of desert lions, desert elephants, and black rhinos—all recently threatened with extinction—have increased several times over.

Facts & Statistics

Africa has lost 60% of its large wild animals in the past 40 years. The slaughter of rhinos and elephants for their horns and tusks feeds a $20 billion a year industry. With Africa's population ballooning habitat loss is expected to double by 2.5 by 2050, because cities are expanding and rural populations are pushing into areas that are previously occupied only by animals. People that live in country's national parks grew to about 35,000 in 2012 from 21,000 in 2001. Also a 2013 report fund that as little as 3% of those funds actually make it to locals. Black Rhino's and Elephants where recently threatened to extinction which by the way has increased several times.

Real-World Application

Some ways you could apply this in the real world, your community, or just your life is by making some changes in your life, donating a little bit here and there. If we all car together we could save these animals, they need there homes just as bad as we do. How would you feel if someone just came in and took your home just because they could? Nobody wants that to happen, where else would the animals live? We can't build thousands of zoo's there would be no room, instead of taking there homes and killing them off we could have protected areas just for them and actually keep it protected and not let people grow cities towards the animals.
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