Animals all over the world are being poached for their skin, fur, and meat. Poachers kill the animal and make a heavy profit from its remains.
One of the most troubling aspects of animal poaching is how they kill the animals. Some poachers choose to set up nets and chase the animals into them. After they’re caught, they wuse dogs to attack or spear them until they are killed. Another method is the use of a pitfall. The poachers will dig a deep whole that is in the path of the animal. When the animal falls into the pit, they attack it.
It’s hard to think that it could get any more inhumane…but it does. Poachers are now using helicopters to spot the animals while poachers on the ground use machetes, Ak47s, and even watermelons or other forms of food that are covered with cyanide. Some poachers have also been known to contaminate waterholes with poison. Not only are the poached animals killed, but so are all the other animals who drink from it. This is not only sad, but it completely ruins the surrounding ecosystems. Seeing images of poached animals are horrific. The bodies are mangled and torn apart in the most horrific way. These are innocent animals that don’t deserve to be treated like this. They don’t deserve to die for the greed of humans, no living thing does. This is why I believe it is so important to spread the word about animal poaching.
The following article, 10 Things You Need to Know About Elephant Poaching, goes more in detail about elephant poaching. They are hard facts to swallow, but we can’t ignore the truth to what is happening.