Poaching: Illegal Hunting This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

      When you think ofenvironmental problems you probably think of pollution, but the poaching of wildanimals is one, too. Poaching has plagued environmentalists for years and,despite laws, this horrific crime has yet to be stopped.

Poaching is aserious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed forcommercial profit, meaning hunters kill animals illegally and sell their hidesand parts. Although poachers usually hunt tigers, elephants and rhinos, they killsharks and whales, too. This illegal hunting has led to shrinking populations ofmany species.

Many nations have banned poaching, but enforcement isdifficult. The small number of police officers trained to deal with this createsan unfair advantage for poachers.

Poachers usually kill animals for onlyone product: tigers are slaughtered for their striped fur, elephants are killedfor their ivory tusks and rhinos their large horn. The bodies of the animals areleft to rot. Sharks are lured to boats and caught on a hook that pulls themaboard. Their dorsal fins are cut off and their bodies thrown back into theocean. Without fins they can't swim and will die. The illegally obtained fins areused to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia.

The laws that"protect" animals are no more than pieces of paper. The currentpoaching bans need better enforcement, and I have a plan.

The number ofenforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds andmake sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa shouldbecome a huge zoo so that the animals can migrate but within a fenced area.Another idea is to build a cement enclosure instead of fences. Watchtowers couldbe constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. Thismay not completely end the problem, but it would slow it down.

Poachingis a serious problem and a criminal act. The effects of poaching will be felt forcenturies to come, and if there are any still alive, the only place to seeanimals might be in a zoo.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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victoria said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Okay, I like the message of this article but i dont understand how someone could put this online as professional. The english is horrible and this person does't know how to use commas or space their words apart. Learn how to write or atleast proof read your work before you put it out for many to read. Atleast if you want to be taken seriously
wiggly444 replied...
Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:44 am

so true how can someone seriosly think this is professional


xNick said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 9:48 am
^.^ Whatnow? ^.^
mr. Platypus replied...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:23 am
Nice plan im all for it
SallySunshine said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 9:47 am
Yes you do win. Someone needed a self-ego boost. :P
xNick said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 9:46 am
xNick said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 9:43 am
:D I like salsa and chips on a hto9 afternoon.
HYFR #checkyohoe replied...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm
please be more self confidant and more enthusiastic
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sillyaardvarkabc said...
Jan. 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm
I feel really strongly about the poaching of gorillas in the Congo, so I support the DFGFI. Everyone should do all they can to support animals in need. Great job informing everyone about this.
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