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Murder is not a trophy

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Animals  are killed by the masses every year, not for food, but for decoration.

According to the American Humane society, trophy hunters have killed approximately 78,000 mountain lions in the last two decades, and over 30,000 elephants a year. Trophy hunting and poaching is wrong and cruel, not only for our animals, but for our earth too.

One of the main reasons poaching is so popular in Africa is because it helps families earn money for survival. A recent study came out saying that if rich countries pay poor areas in Africa to kill elephants, the poaching industry will be eradicated because families won’t need to kill exotic animals for food.

However, in Zimbabwe poaching became illegal in some areas, and that did not stop people from poaching animals. Yes, poaching has decreased the past couple decades, but the population of elephants has dropped a large amount because of illegal killings.  So how can they be sure that will help the issue?

Some religions in Central Africa are against the killing of animals but the poaching of thousands of animals still continue at rapid rates. For example, elephant population has gone down close to 50% and if this continues, they will go extinct.

Elephants aren’t the only animal in danger to poaching, Lions have reportedly declined 90% since 1979 according to CNN. There are so many animals whose population is being impacted from people coming in from other countries to hunt innocent animals, and it is extremely upsetting.

Ecosystems depend on balance and animal life, without enough predators, or prey, the ecosystem would be completely thrown off, resulting in an extremely poor environment.

Save our animals, save our earth, poaching is wrong and something needs to be fixed.

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