Monday, May 22, 2017

Disappearing Wildlife Red Alert

The African Lion and the Sunda Clouded Leopard could be extinct within a few years due to lack of food in the wild caused by changing weather conditions. 
In 1979, Africa had 1,300,000 wild Elephants, today, there are 400,000 alive and the land is guarded by park rangers and it is estimated more than 1,000 rangers have been killed by armed militia groups in the past ten years trying to protect them.
23tonnes of Elephant Ivory was confiscated in 2012 - equivalent to the tusks of 2,500 Elephants. Seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest for 20 years  The price of Rhino horn has increased to £37.500 per kilogram, twice the price of gold and platinum (and more valuable than black market diamonds or cocaine). The illegal trade in wildlife is one of the most lucrative trades in the world, worth £6,000,000,000 per year and is ruthless in its quest. Animals are viciously killed and people are also killed. . This trade is fueled by the new middle classes of the Far East, Vietnam is the top destination point for Rhino horn where they trade in carcass, tusk and horn, in one haul 1,200 Rhino tusks were seized in Hong Kong. Approx 5,000 Rhinos remain in the wild.  



Figures for Rhino horn quantities seized in India

2002, 1 tusk
2003 1 tusk
2004 4 tusks
2005. 7 tusks
2006 4 tusks
2007 20 tusks
2008 13 tusks
2009 17 tusks
2010 7 tusks
2011 14 tusks
2012 21 tusks

There are no laws against hunting, killing and capture of wild animals in South Africa and India. 

Habitat loss is another major cause of the extinction of wild animals. 13,000,000 hectares of forest has been lost each year between 2000 and 2010 and there has been a 28% decline in biodiversity since 1970.

Figures for Tiger deaths due to poaching in India

2002 46 deaths
2003 38 deaths
2004 38 deaths
2005 46 deaths
2006 37deaths
2007 27 deaths
2008 29 deaths
2009 32 deaths
2010 30 deaths
2011 13 deaths
2012 28 deaths



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