Animal Trafficking And The Human Population Essay

815 Words Oct 30th, 2015 4 Pages
A species becomes endangered when its population numbers are so low, the species is at risk of going extinct. As stated by the world wildlife foundation, there are about 100+ animals that are either almost extinct or critically endangered, endangered, or threatened. The plummeting population numbers of a specific species does not occur randomly! In all actuality, the human population holds the majority of the responsibility in regards to the extinction or endangerment of a species.
The major cause for this decrease is considered a crime! The fact that many of these animals are used in animal trafficking and/or are poached contributes greatly. Unfortunately, there is a high demand for some rare species and/or a high demand for certain parts of the animal. For example, the ivory in the tusk of an elephant produces a high profit for the person that can supply these goods to the buyers. According to a campaign that advocated social change in areas such as animal trafficking,
“In 2012, 668 rhinos were poached in South Africa. As of January 2013 it increased to 946, these animals were being poached at a rate of 2 per day. At the beginning of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants and approximately 100,000 Asian elephants. Today elephants are now considered endangered, there are about 450,000-700,000 African elephants and 35,000-40,000 Asian elephants.
The illegal wildlife trade continues to happen regardless of any laws put in place. If it’s not about the…

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