Poaching is a serious problem that affects many different kinds of animals in the wild. Since the latter half of the 20th century many laws have been put in place to quell the poaching of animals like elephants. Unfortunately, demand for materials such as ivory (from elephant’s tusks) makes poaching a lucrative—although illegal—business for many people.
Poaching is a problem that stems from many different sources. Most of the time poaching is directly related to human suffering and problems such as poverty. The areas that are most affected by poaching are usually also those that have a high rate of poverty. People who live in poor areas are willing to poach illegally (and perhaps even face jail time) since the promise of being paid handsomely for poached items like ivory and rhino horn outweighs fears of going to prison. Many anti-poaching activists believe that if poverty was alleviated then a lot of the lingering issues with poaching would also be eradicated.
Another reason that poaching has remained a problematic is because there are some very old and long standing beliefs about materials such as rhino horn that are rumored to have medical qualities. Other animals face poaching due to the desire for their parts which are either wanted for their beauty (like tiger skins) or because some people believe that animal parts have certain medical or magical qualities that can heal and/or protect people.
Only by learning about the kinds of animals that are in danger of being poached can we help to raise awareness and find solutions to the problem. The Internet is a wonderful source of communication for animal activists across the globe since the World Wide Web enables people with common interests to share information and form groups that combat the murderous practices of poachers.
Below is a list of five animals that are in danger of poaching.