Elephants, Tigers, and Rhinos are more than just great battle morphs. They’re endangered species.
The hosts of Thought-Speak are proud to take a stand against wildlife endangerment, illegal animal trafficking, and poaching. We know that the real stars of K.A. Applegate’s groundbreaking series is Earth’s diverse and talented animal species. That is why we must take a stand and raise our voices to spread awareness of the many injustices our planet’s animals are now facing.
Each year hundreds of millions of animals are illegally caught and harvested from the wild and then sold as food, pets, clothing, medicine and tourist ornaments. These exploitative practices are threatening the survival of many endangered species. It’s not just rhinos, tigers and elephants at risk, the unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade impacts a whole host of other animal species.
Here are the FACTS:
An elephant is murdered every 15 minutes.
Over 30,000 elephants are killed by poaching every year, with 4.5 MILLION killed in the last 60 years.
Elephants in the wild could be extinct in 11 years.
African terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab, The Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram and Janjaweed use the sale of illegal ivory to carry out attacks.
Trafficking in endangered species is the 4th largest illegal business in the world after drugs, weapons and humans.
Poaching not only destroys the wild species but also the tribal villagers who depend on them.
There are only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world.
In 2012 alone, 900 rhinos were slaughtered in South Africa for their horns which are used primarily for medicinal purposes, despite no medical study in existence ever proving their beneficial effect on health.
Approximately 28,300 freshwater turtles are traded each day.
Today all species of bluefin tuna have been declared critically endangered with illegal fishing pushing them to extinction.
There are fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild.
Pangolins are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia and Africa. Though they’re protected under national and international laws, poachers continue to slaughter them to meet culinary and medicinal demand. Pangolin fetuses, blood and scales are all used for medicinal purposes, the meat is considered a delicacy, and their bodies are stuffed and sold as souvenirs.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicts two-thirds of polar bears will disappear from Europe, Asia, and Alaska, and be depleted from the Arctic archipelago of Canada and areas off the northern Greenland coast by 2050 due to climate change.
What You Can Do To Help:
Never buy Ivory, and discourage others from doing the same.
Visit the website www.lastdaysofivory.com to learn more about ivory-funded terrorism.
Never purchase exotic animals from pet shop or dealers, instead choose to adopt an animal from an animal shelter or rescue group.
Support legislation that makes the owning of exotic animals illegal in your local community.
Avoid buying wild animal products when traveling including meat, skins and traditional medicines, and encourage others to ask questions and get the facts before making purchases.
Sign petitions that help to push governments to protect threatened animal populations and enforce better laws and stricter deterrents.
Donate to wildlife organizations such as these: