Poaching is one of the most illegal ways to take an animal. Poaching is illegal because there are rules on how to get an animal. There are at least one hundred million animals killed each year. Quote from the humane society: Wildlife officials say that legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals every year. For each of those animals, another is killed illegally, perhaps on closed land or out of season, leaving orphaned young to starve.
There are about one hundred million animals that are poached each year. If we want to be able to keep these animals population high, so that sportsman can continue to hunt and insure that the species continue to thrive, we need people to take a stand and try to stop poaching worldwide. The wildlife management needs more people willing to devote their time to finding people who are illegally taking wild game.
The reason that I bring this problem up is because poaching an animal isn’t just killing that one animal, its killing 2 to 3 animals including their offspring. Poaching is very cruel; For example, certain poachers target animals like rhino and elephants for their ivory tusks and horns. When you take a rhino’s horn, you have to cut it off or kill the animal. If the poacher cuts the horn off the animal most likely will get a disease and die anyway. If the rhino has offspring, they will also most likely die, simply because they can’t get food from their mother. Elephants that are poached also experience similar fates. Poaching is one of the leading causes of death in animals worldwide.
Animal deaths aren’t the only consequences to poaching. If you get caught poaching an animal, the fish and game authorities will give you a ticket, they will take the animal that you poached, and they can take everything in your possession at the time of the crime. For example, they can take your truck, gun, dog, if you have one, and you will have to go to court. The judge can suspend your license and you could also get prison time. Poaching is now considered a felony and you could face up to a $15,000 fine and up to 3 years in jail. Even a one-time poacher will most likely have to pay up to $1,000 in fines and serve up to 90 days in jail. They could also face revocation of hunting privileges for up to 3 years or longer.
Thousands of people are caught poaching all around the world and only about 1 to 5 percent of them are caught and convicted. When you get caught the consequences will usually depend on how many animals you have killed and how long they can prove you have been poaching.
At this time, to keep people from poaching, there are fish and game officers that are hired to look for and catch poachers. To do this, it is costing the states alone about 100 million dollars or more. The U.S. does not have enough money to manage all the places where people are poaching. My solution to this problem is simple. Sportsman and hunters must come together and stand up for what is right. If sportsman and hunters volunteer their time, even a couple of times a year, to look for and report poaching, this would make a huge impact on the number of successful poaches. It will also increase the money that fish and game brings in yearly with the fines that will be paid by those that are convicted. More money will increase the amount of programs for hunters and sportsman. It will also increase conservation efforts and increase animal and fish populations. In return for the volunteer’s services, fish and game could offer the volunteers a lower fee for licenses or even not fees at all.
As a sportsman and hunter myself, I would be willing to volunteer to catch and report poachers. Together we can stop poaching.