What do you think about Trade of Live Wildlife?

What do you think about trade of live wildlife? Is it ethical or deserve any legal backing whatsoever?

I saw it in one of my friend’s tweets. That some Africa countries are working towards legalising trade of live wildlife. And the thought of it has been eating me up ever since. I have tried to research and get to know more about it. Results made me more sick and angry.

This is renewed slavery

If you studied history somewhere while at school. You might have come across study about the slaves. Even movies do show how slavery trade was conducted.

Most of the slaves came from the developing countries. They would be transported under harsh conditions and mostly against their will.

Most of the slaves lost their lives in the oceans before making it to their destinations. Some succumbed to diseases as a result of change of climate among other foreign stuff introduced to them.

Same is happening to the wildlife now.

There’s a logic reasons why each wildlife is found and located where they are. They have gradually adopted to their environment.

What happens when we introduce them to a foreign land? Mostly they die. And why do we do that to them? What is so complicated about respecting our wildlife.

It’s clear that most of the live wildlife trade is illegal. And now some organisation is trying to legalise it. In short, give more power to the monsters. A free ticket for death of our wildlife.

What happens when a live wildlife is transported to a foreign land?

  • If they are unable to adapt to the new environment , they die. There will be need to replace these dead wildlife. So more of them will be stolen. You can imagine that impact on their population.
  • The health state. Do we even consider the effect of the new changes to the animals? How does it affect them psychologically? Just like humans, they do feel changes imposed on them. And sadly, they do experience stress too.
  • Limited resources. These wildlife are being introduced to a land that already has its own wildlife. And the new comers do come with their own food or habitat. They end up competing with the earlier owners.
  • Depending on the strength and degree of adaptability. The new wildlife may end up wiping out the existing wildlife. Power of invasive species. Read more about the effects of exotic species on indigenous species here.
  • Their transportation gives them 1% chance of survival. Being an illegal trade, these wildlife are transported in worst ways you can imagine of. To avoid being caught. And as I result, most of these wildlife die during the transport process.
  • They end up getting extinct. Most people will only buy something that is rare. This is true in live wildlife trade. The endangered and rare species are the victims here. And as result of this live wildlife illegal trade, they will soon get extinct.

Can we do anything to help?

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What do you think?

I would like to know your thoughts about this thought am about to share with you.

It’s something that have been bothering my brain for a while. And always eats me up when I see something that make me remember about it.

Why do we value illegal trade of wildlife parts in form of money/price? Why do we place a price tag on them? Estimate what value they would have attracted in both black and illegal market.

There is this beautiful public beach in a filling station along the highway I use on my way home. It’s very beautiful and contain important information and awareness about rhinos.

It does a good job to explain all the reason we should allow rhinos a bright future. Giving us recent updates of their population status. And boldly gives us two choices, “Let it Live or Let it Perish”.

I have no problem with all that. In fact I like it and gives me a smile wherever I pass by. Unfortunately the smile vanishes away shortly. This is because, the information goes ahead to give estimates of rhino’s horn. How much they can be sold out there. Why did they just have to spoil every with that one sentence.

That one sentence handicaps most of conservation effort being spread to the people.

I remember while I was volunteering as an assistant teacher in some secondary school. I introduced wildlife club and we held meetings on Fridays. We could discuss various issues surrounding our environment especially the wildlife. We also held debates and tackle challenging topics.

One day my students brought up a very sensitive and tricky debate. At first, I was shocked but impressed so I agreed we debate about it. It was about the burning of ivory done by our president of Kenya. The burning of ivory is done in support of fight against poaching.

One group supported the motion of burning the ivory. While the other group thought it was wise to sell the ivory and use the money for conservation of the remaining wildlife.

For them, they reasoned that since damage was already done. Why not look at the remaining possibilities of generating positive feedback from the whole horror. Some countries still practise ivory trade legally so trading the ivory could a legit deal.

Its clear this group understood the financial problems facing conservation and thought sale of those ivory would offer some help. Hence innocently fought against the motion. Since for them it was a double loss. The dead wildlife and the burnt ivory.

The other group too did a good job to support their motion. And stood firm that ivory should continue to be burnt. So as to send a message to all poachers and illegal traders of wildlife products.

In the process, I asked myself. What if the students didn’t know the estimated price of the ivory? Or the value of the ivory had been presented in terms of the number of wildlife that had to died in the process? Would they have come up with that motion?

My thoughts

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