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For centuries, China has served as an excelling country full of invention, culture, and outstanding achievements in human history. It is home to today’s emerging technology, vital economic support, significant investments, and countless of other ideas. However, China is also home to a few of the harshest occurrences of animal mistreatment. Specifically, in areas where animals are carelessly looked out for whether they are in restaurants or even sanctioned shelters. In the food industry Chinese belief suggests that causing the animal as much pain as possible actually enhances the flavor of the meat. In very subtle areas of China, dogs are very mistreated and seen as nothing more than rodents. News reports have informed us about the horrors done to them including, being stoned, shot, and beaten to death on the streets of China. In essence, China does have very significant laws against animal cruelty, specifically in laboratory testing, but they are not doing enough to enforce them. For example, in Yulin, China, an annual Dog Meat Festival is held to celebrate the consumption of dog meat. Continue reading
What has been done?
With an ever-growing population and emerging economy, China has found small improvements to their systematic treatment of creatures. Before the 2000’s, Animals were constantly being forced into circus’s, zoo’s, and used as meat. My research suggests that in 1999, many new ways of ending animal cruelty in China were under the works and include cruelty, animal rights, and inhumane slaughter of animals. However, the only problem with this was that it applied only to professionals. Song Wei, professor and director of Law at the University of Science and Technology of China states, “Sixteen years past, although a lot of progress has been made, but no animal welfare legislation on national level has been issued. The fact is that a large number of people even the whole society is educated. Animal protection, animal welfare, humane to animals by legal methods, all such consciousness or the animal perspective have been formed and firmed day by day.” (Wei, 2015). Continue reading
What do I think?
I am a very big advocate of sales and animals, however, not having animals being sold. It disgusts me that animals in China are being burned and boiled alive for the sake of a man’s appetite. Additionally, animals are being disrupted in their natural habitats to be hunted for their tusks and horns. I mean who decided to value ivory so high? Nowadays it’s just as valuable as gold. In Chinese folklore, ivory has been seen as a medicinal remedy for centuries; treating cancer and other illnesses, and even hangovers, deeming it extremely valuable. However, this tradition was proven a myth It has also been used as an aesthetic piece in the form of ornaments, ivory chopsticks, hair accessories, and jewelry to show one’s wealth and status. It is an essential part of the Chinese culture however, like many other culture’s traditions, it must come to an end. Today, poaching is a multi-million dollar industry in China that seems like it will never come to an end. I mean why should it come to an end? It creates jobs for poachers and infuses more money into the Chinese economy. Everyone wants money but at what cost? Continue reading
What can be done?
China has developed numerous ways to destroy the hunt for ivory. However, these ways have not been physically and strictly enforced. The United States, the second biggest consumer of ivory, has destroyed over 6 tons of ivory in hopes to get a message across. Kenya has recently set over 105 tons of Ivory ablaze to send a brutal message that the trade should be banned. Something like this is what China should be participating in especially because it inhabits one of the strongest economies in the world along with the largest population of people. The value of one action, such as Kenya’s, can influence so many people. Additionally, the United States has recently deemed animal abuse as a felony, meaning that it will be treated as a serious crime closely related to murder. However, according to this (Penal Code 596-597), it states, “Exceptions are made for hunting, farming, and research.” Continue reading
“Why should we care? They’re just animals and they make good money.”
“It’s inhumane to enact trophy hunting in Africa!”
“It helps the economy.”
“But they’re almost extinct!”
Poaching: When an animal is killed illegally; because the animal possesses something that is considered valuable. Continue reading
Humans have gone down a long unraveling path with technology full of eccentric ideas and failed attempts. From new cars to new phones, we always find ways to make our lives easier with emerging new products. One product in particular, the Internet, has become home to the world’s largest marketplace for illegal products on the black market. From endangered animals to extremely rare, freshly skinned fur, the internet nests a thriving network for these services like never before. The black market brings about immense opportunities for poachers to gain more power and most of all, money. Rachel Nuwer, a writer from Newsweek states that, “2 percent of wildlife populations around the world have disappeared since 1970, with overhunting being a major driver behind that decline. For some species, the study found, the illegal wildlife trade is now the primary threat, thanks to soaring demand for certain wildlife and animal-derived products. Elephants and rhinos are two stark examples of this” (Nuwer).
The demand for rhino horn in 2016 is so high that it sells for about $30,000 a pound. In comparison, gold is about $22,000 a pound, making ivory exceedingly more valuable than gold! Studies suggest that if this high demand continues, rhinos will extinct by 2020. Additionally, not only are we stripping the earth of its natural born creatures, we are killing them in the most unethical and inhumane ways. Cyanide, a deadly chemical mainly used as a gas, is becoming one of the most common ways to kill elephants and rhinos because it is cheap and does the job. It is no surprise however, that cyanide is also a widely sold drug on the black market. The black market is so intensely strong, that the Kenyan government recently announced that it was forming a team to aid against poachers. According to Business Insider writer and former social media consultant, Greg Voakes, “50% of the world’s working population is employed in the black market, meaning over 1.8 billion jobs” (Voakes). The black market has grown into a multi-trillion dollar industry and it is only growing more. Additionally, research states that, “If the black market was a sovereign nation, it would be the world’s second largest economic superpower.” (Voakes) The black market holds an immense amount of power in the lives of animals. The existence of such an industry serves as the number one threat to the lives of species on the brink of extinction.
In this article, Ron Nixon, a writer for the New York Times, explains the millions of dollars that the Obama administration is contributing in strive to end elephant and rhino poaching in South Africa. Through further research, I found that Ron Nixon is a credible author and writer from Washington as well as a graduate from Alabama State University. As an author for press such as Yahoo News, New York Times, Seattle Times, and more, he mainly covers article about homeland security which is very off topic in comparison to this article. Additionally, he is the author of a best selling book, Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War. His book is not about animal conservation, however, it does tell the story of an African propaganda campaign which involved religious, business operations, and more aligned with large Cold War politicians. Although he is not an expert on animal conservation, he does know an exceedingly amount of information on African current events.
Nixon did an exceptionally well job of inserting hyperlinks in his article that lead to What makes this article predominantly credible are his various links to the South Africa homepage on the New York Times website in which many of his articles are featured. In his article, Nixon states, “Trafficking in wildlife has decimated elephant and rhino populations in Africa. In the first eight months of this year, poachers had killed 749 rhinos in South Africa, up from 716 over the same period in 2014, according to the latest figures from the South African government” (Nixon, NY Times). I wanted to see if this statistic was credible so I went ahead and searched it up. To my analysis, I found Save The Rhinos‘ newsletter that lays out the same statistic for me, making it credible. I also found that he also includes various links to an organization called Earth Touch News Network, a news platform that covers stories about the natural world. This organization is more than credible because it includes writers, filmmakers and other contributors around the world. One example is Kelly Starzack, their chief editor. She has been seen as the editor of many earth news videos and her own personal twitter that also covers news. The websites “About Us” page names the crew with a headshot of them and their professional twitter pages.
In the Associated Press’ article, “In South Africa, Drones Used to Battle Rhino Poaching,” the purpose of the article is to spread the word about the use of drones in aim to conserve Africa’s wildlife by identifying poachers in the wild. The Associated Press is a news journal that is neither privately nor government owned. It is a non-profit organization that employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content efficiently and effectively. Through my research, I found that AP stands out from other forms of news services because they incorporate such a strong presence of social media. AP is currently transitioning it’s video and photography content; transitioning to high definition structures and expanding it’s coverage. Continue reading
Africa, home to a beautiful wildlife population bountiful with species such as gorillas, lions, giraffes, and of course, the elephant. These animals are not the only ones that reside here, but people as well. However, everyday, humans destroy habitats, hunt ivory, and overpopulate areas that ultimately leads to animals being forced to migrate into an area they are not used to. One of my biggest concerns is the ivory trade going on in the black market. Everyday, hundreds of elephants and rhinos are hunted for none only than their tusks; leading poachers to saw their tusks off their precious faces to be left in the wild to die.The African Wildlife Foundation agrees that, “If people and wildlife learn to live together—inside and outside of protected areas—the future for all will thrive.”