Here are a few things you can do to prevent poaching.
As the number of animals that end up on the endangered species list continues to grow, it becomes increasingly clear that poaching is a serious problem. It’s listed as the fifth most profitable illicit trade by WWF, with an annual profit of $10 billion, and is eradicating animal species like elephants and tigers from the planet. If you are disheartened by this, remember—you can prevent poaching. Here are a few things you can do.
Petition Governments and Companies
When Cecil the Lion was killed last year, people all over the world protested by signing petitions to local and international governments. The uproar over the death of Cecil was so strong that it forced politicians and companies to react, and has even led to transportation companies reviewing their policies when it comes to wildlife trophies. The next time you see an online petition from a credible source, consider signing it. Those that come from government websites or humanitarian-run organizations are actionable petitions, meaning your signature is going to lend to the thousands of voices that demand to be heard.
Use Social Media as a Platform
If you find a researched piece that explains poaching and what it does, post it to social media. Add your opinion to the conversation. Social media is known to be a driving force for humanitarian causes, so be brave and speak out about poaching.
Donate to Organizations Fighting Poachers
When it comes to finding organizations that fight poaching worldwide, do your research. Find one that you believe in and donate. Even if it’s just a small amount of money, it will make a world of difference. A non-profit anti-poaching program, like the Back a Ranger Project, makes sure that all the money goes right where it belongs—to fighting poachers.
Educate Yourself on Poaching Laws
For those who are passionate about poaching, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself. If you want to make a career out of it, consider pursuing a degree through criminal justice online programs with an eye towards joining law enforcement in the fight to stop poaching. This is the best and most effective way to combat the problem.
Poaching is prevalent in the world today, but it doesn’t have to be. Use your voice and take action to end poaching today. You will never regret it.
Emma Sturgis, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.
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