Argumentative Essay On Wildlife Trafficking

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Wildlife Trafficking: the Elephant in the Room, But Without the Elephants Many people think it is cool and unique to have an exotic pet and stand out among their peers. But for every animal that is transported from its native country for sale, 90% will not survive the journey (“Inside”). That means that only 10% of animals are likely to last just the trip, which does not include the dozens of animals that are canceled orders, abandoned, or starving because of inadequate care and lack of a healthy environment (“Inside”). Wildlife trafficking is the transportation of animals and/or their body parts. It is an issue that has been kept in the dark for the last decade. Companies have buried just how exactly they get their animals and with little to no one asking, most people go unaware of the illegal trafficking taking place. Wildlife trafficking needs to be criminalized in all countries, not merely regulated, so that smugglers understand that the risks out way the benefits and so that everyone knows about it and …show more content…
A mother bear was reported to have strangled her baby, and then bashed her head against her cage until she died (“The Ultimate Sacrifice”). Wild bears that are moved from their natural homeland to farms across China, while unable to live with the tubes extracting bile, resort to punching themselves in the gut until death ensues, to get around this, owners have iron vests put on, chains, and have the bears declawed and teeth removed (“The Ultimate Sacrifice). Bear bile is a major commodity for traditional Chinese medical practices, so wild bears are often hunted down for their gall bladders and then transported to Chinese markets and farms. This unnatural confinement leads to unstable and unhealthy animals, who if had been living in a natural environment, would not be displaying these behaviors so uncommon in wild

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