In A World Of 7 Billion People How Can We Protect Wildlife Analysis

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The world is composed of numerous organisms, all different sizes, shapes, colors, and intellect. Some of these creatures have abilities that aren’t found anywhere else. All creatures have a vital part to play, in helping to maintain the balance of the ecosystem. Nonetheless, increased demand for natural goods, poaching, and encroachment cause these lifeforms to become endangered or even become extinct. In the article “In a world of 7 Billion people how can we Protect Wildlife?” by John Scanlon, Secretary General of “CITES”, in “The Guardian” website, Scanlon talks about how the demand for goods can destroy the wildlife that surrounds us. Scanlon uses statistical data to bring to light the problems the organisms on Earth are currently facing, …show more content…
He goes on to talk about how products from nature are in almost everything that we own, from clothing to medicines, to furniture and perfumes. Scanlon states that the “demand for products drawn from nature is increasing, and with it pressure is growing on some of our wildlife species” (“In a World of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife”, Scanlon). As the appetite for such items grows, the more risk is placed in having wildlife go extinct. He also goes on to talk about how the legal wildlife trade is enormous, and can boost the economies of nations and communities. Many of the nations involved in the trade abide by the “CITES” treaty, which regulates the trade of wildlife throughout the world. This allows for “the wool of the vicuña, [to be] made into fine suits; meat of the queen conch, eaten as a delicacy; the skin of the alligator, made into watch straps; or the bark of the African cherry, turned into prostate medicine” (“In a World of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife”, Scanlon). This not only boosts trade, but it also allows for many of these creatures to rebound from near extinction. Although, Scanlon asserts that the illegal wildlife trade is “up to $20bn a year, [and] is now happening at an industrial scale” (“In a World of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife”,

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