How Can We End the Illegal Wildlife Trade

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

The illegal wildlife trading market is flourishing and growing into a global menace. Many attempts have been made to deter this illegal poaching, but most have failed to stop them from killing more and more animals, some on the verge of extinction. Despite multiple initiatives to boost the population of endangered animals, their numbers are on a steady decline. The entire planet faces the same problem, even in countries with stricter laws and punishments. There are many reasons behind the growth of wildlife trafficking, such as huge demand in legal markets and money-making opportunities. Every year more and more species make it to the list of endangered species, yet most of us are not concerned about it. 

Now that you’ve understood the cause of this problem, here are ways you can help to solve this growing menace of wildlife trade and trafficking: 

Pledge Your Support

As in nature, we have strength in numbers. Stand with organizations and groups which urge governments to do more to stop wildlife crime. Teaming up with like-minded people can make your contribution much more impactful. Your pledge for efforts to ensure the survival of rapidly declining species will greatly contribute to a thriving wildlife ecosystem. Our ability to help species is inextricably linked to the diverse efforts of animal protection individuals and groups. Supporting forges a conservation army of millions of people that work each day to build a better future for both people and wildlife. Check online for existing animal rights groups nearby. There could be a meeting going on in your backyard that you’re missing out on. 

Petition Your Local Government

Recently, animal rights organizations petitioned Biden Administration to ban all imports and transport of animals and plants, including parts like hides and horns. Petition for such movements in your local governments if possible before more animal species become extinct. Even U.S. officials report more than 20 extinctions this year alone. Wildlife species are being poached at an unsustainable rate, and their numbers are dropping fast, and if the government pays no mind to this pressing problem, we’re risking humanity itself. Petition to governments for stricter laws and harsher punishments regarding wildlife trafficking to protect our future. 

Report Any Illegal Wildlife Trade

Lucky for us, the internet has become more helpful than ever. Thanks to it, the world is much smaller, and now it’s a lot easier to report illegal wildlife trade when you see it. Because of its confidential nature, wildlife crime is almost impossible to detect through law enforcement alone. So to aid in combatting this increasingly lucrative trade and poaching, citizens must take action themselves. You can approach the National Whistleblower Center to learn your rights and protection when it comes to this dangerous global trade. 

Support Certified and Sustainable Products

Products you may be using day-to-day can also contribute to unsafe wildlife practices. Each year, hundreds of millions of plants and animals are caught and harvested from the wild and then sold as food, pets, and medicine. While a great deal of this trade is legal, a large proportion is illegal and harming wildlife populations. So be a responsible consumer and stick to products with a transparent and ethical supply chain. If you’re unsure where some products come from, simply ask vendors or seek counsel from Forest Stewardship Council. Be aware and avoid buying products derived from wildlife, even if legal within the country of origin. 

Spread the Word

Wildlife trade is a complicated issue and one that is often misunderstood. So, you must put illegal wildlife trade issues on everyone’s agenda board. Spread the word among friends, family, members, and community members about the value and importance of wildlife and wild habitats. Furthermore, Nicki Geigert’s Who’s Yawning Now? is a perfect companion to the knowledge you already have. Why? This book on Variety of wild animals has the insight to inform key players of the legalities and consequences of wildlife trafficking and trading. 

All in all, stopping the illegal wildlife trade is one of the most pressing problems that need immediate action to protect threatened wildlife. We’re facing a global crisis that is threatening to overturn decades of conservations efforts. For many iconic animals like rhinos and elephants, the situation is critical. 

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