I am a poacher; someone who has no respect and value for animals. I terrorize and kill animals for their skin, fur, and tusks, among others. I am a poacher.
My poaching has wiped out of existence rare animal species and driven away the remaining few.
I am ruthless. I hunt for leisure, skin them, and pose for a photo for the world to see my victory. I hug them once dead. I am a poacher. Often I don’t even eat the meat.
Unfortunately, my actions will deny my grandchildren or even my children a chance to see certain animals. They will only read them from history books just like I did about the passenger pigeons that were common in North America only to be wiped out of existence on the arrival of Europeans who hunted them for meat.
For instance, the elephants- from being inhumanely treated in Asian countries to being killed for tusks in African countries will leave nothing for my descendants to see.
According to a 2016 African Elephant status report, the size of the African elephant population fell from an estimated 12 million a century ago to about 400,000. Right from Kenya through Tanzania to Botswana in Southern Africa poaching has been witnessed.
I can imagine how much it will cost to see an elephant in the next 100 years if poachers continue with their business as they do now.
I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather used to tell us about the cheetahs, elephants, and lions living amongst them. Not long ago, we could still sight antelopes. Because of hunting and human encroachment, we are left with nothing. All those animals are now gone. Stories are told of animals that once existed in a given community.
So, why poach? Why kill animals? Who wants to live in a place with only humans! Boring! Do we realize the graving depth of our actions? May be not or may be yes but we careless.
Sooner or later, we shall have no animals. All will be extinct courtesy of you, the poacher. The planet will be unbalanced.
Don’t be like this guy-the poacher. Be a champion of change against poaching and trophy hunting.
Let’s stop poaching; it is a crime. Stop illegal ivory trade. Let’s save our animals.