The Fight to Stop Poaching
-Species are being over-exploited in a number of environments. Population numbers are reaching all-time lows, and species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. Humans continue to extract these resources for economic benefits, despite the fact that information shows that populations are being harvested beyond sustainable levels. Many of these species are close to being endangered or are already endangered. The following is a list of conservation organizations that are dedicated to the prevention of poaching.
EleAid: A conservation group that is dedicated to promoting the survival for Asian elephants, their mission statement is “EleAid works to ensure the survival of the Asian elephant and improve the quality of life of these magnificent animals, so that they may share the world with future generations of mankind.”
Born Free Foundation: Their goal is to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’. Born Free’s Elephant project was set up in 1989 when reports showed 200 elephants a day were being slaughtered for ivory. Today it fights the ivory trade in Africa and Asia and campaigns against captivity. They are also dedicated to helping lions, and have set up several large cat sanctuaries.
-Exposes the plight of captive elephants
-Helps care for rescued elephants
-Fights the brutal ivory trade
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:As seen on the Animal Planet’s ‘Whale Wars’. They defend the world’s ocean and wildlife from poaching. The organization is staging campaigns to save whales, seals & dolphins. Their mission is “to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.”
You can help by following a link to their website: http://www.seashepherd.org/
African Conservancy: They are dedicated to the preservation of essential species that reside on the African savanna. They are interested in saving species that are decreasing in numbers, and follow the Rare-Vulnerable-Endangered-Extinct trendline, such as cheetahs. Their mission is to preserve African wildlife and traditional cultures, and they “seek to protect and re-establish the harmonious relationship that can exist between humans and nature.”
Eliminate the illegal commercial bushmeat trade through the development of a global network that actively supports and informs nations, organizations, scientists and the general public.
To build a public, professional and government constituency aimed at identifying and supporting solutions that effectively respond to the bushmeat crisis in Africa and around the world.
BCTF is most concerned with bushmeat that is illegally, commercially and/or unsustainably derived from wildlife, including that characterized by:
-Illegal methods of hunting (wire snares, unregistered guns);
-Illegal species (endangered, threatened, or protected);
-Taken from unauthorized areas; and
-Unsustainable offtake for commercial trade or non-commercial uses.
According to their website, the bushmeat crisis is, “Though habitat loss is often cited as the primary threat to wildlife, commercial hunting for the meat of wild animals has become the most significant immediate threat to the future of wildlife in Africa and around the world; it has already resulted in widespread local extinctions in Asia and West Africa. This threat to wildlife is a crisis because it is rapidly expanding to countries and species which were previously not at risk, largely due to an increase in commercial logging, with an infrastructure of roads and trucks that links forests and hunters to cities and consumers. The bushmeat crisis is a human tragedy as well: the loss of wildlife threatens the livelihoods and food security of indigenous and rural populations most depend on wildlife as a staple or supplement to their diet, and bushmeat consumption is increasingly linked to deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Foot and Mouth disease.”