By Carissa Wyant
The Dehumanizing Side of Animal Poaching Revealed
(MintPress) – Competition for the planet’s resources. Racism. Violence. Nuclear Weapons. These are all considered threats to global peace and stability. However, there’s another often overlooked menace to add to that list — illegal animal poaching.
Aside from the obvious and insidious harm to animals, poaching is responsible for fueling wars and is also posing harm to humans in a myriad of ways.
A group of high-level international officials recently gathered at a summit in Thailand to discuss ways to deal with the problem, and the conference elicited a pledge from at least one nation to try to end the problem, but there is still a need for many countries across the globe to take seriously the devastating effects of animal poaching on humankind and the planet.
Poaching on the rise
Fifty to 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory tusks.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirmed last month that Gabon’s Minkebe Park in Africa, which once was home to Africa’s largest forest elephant population, has lost a staggering 11,100 animals in less than a decade due to poaching for the ivory trade.
Recent surveys have revealed that two thirds of Gabon’s elephants have vanished since 2004, and the WCS estimates that the majority of these losses have probably taken place in the last five years.
Gabon contains over half of Africa’s forest elephants, with a population estimated at more than 40,000. More....