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  • Date Submitted: 10/15/2015 01:48 PM
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POACHING
When you think of environmental problems you probably think of pollution, but the poaching of wild animals is one, too. Poaching has plagued environmentalists for years and,despite laws, this horrific crime has yet to be stopped.
Poaching is a serious problem, especially in Africa and Asia. This crime is committed for commercial 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 are used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia.
The laws that"protect" animals are no more than pieces of paper. The current poaching bans need better enforcement, and I have a plan.
The number of enforcers needs to be increased so that there are enough to watch the herds and make sure poachers can't shoot the animals. The reserve parks in Africa should become 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. Watch towers could be constructed so enforcers can monitor a wide variety of poacher targets. This may 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 for centuries to come, and if there are any still alive, the only place...

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