Negative Effects Of Poaching

1806 WordsJun 5, 20178 Pages
Poaching—the illegal hunting or capture of wildlife in violation of official protection—is the fourth most lucrative global criminal activity. At 19 billion dollars per year, some may think of poaching as good business, but there of course is a downside although those who profit will not care so long as they receive their money. Poaching crimes range from the butchering of elephants for their ivory, to the sale of great apes and exotic birds as pets, to caviar, decorative tiger pelts, and rhinoceros horns used for carvings and traditional medicines. Wildlife poaching has negative side-effects that affect local communities, wildlife populations, and the environment. First of all, there are many negative effects of poaching on communities…show more content…
Beth Allgood proclaims that,“rebel and militia groups, criminal syndicates, and even terrorist organizations are using the lucrative black market for animal parts to finance their operations.” In her article,“Criminal Nature – the dangerous links between poaching and organized crime”, Allgood reports that organized crime groups find wildlife trafficking attractive due to high profits, low risks, and weak penalties. Of course, the dangers of the illegal activities associated with poaching may drive tourists away of it grows to be prominent in primarily ecotourist communities. Another consequence of poaching is the growing loss of park rangers who defend and protect their beloved land and the creatures that live within it. As reported by the previously mentioned article,“Criminal Nature – the dangerous links between poaching and organized crime” by Beth Allgood, in just the last decade approximately 1,000 park rangers were killed in 35 different countries in illegal wildlife trade or poaching related incidents. In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over 140 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 20 years as of 2015, according to an article by Pete Kowalczyk of CNN. The rangers are outnumbered 10 to 1 by poachers and roaming militias. Salange Kahambu, a ranger at
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