In last decade has seen poaching brutality against rhinos rise so sharply, that people are beginning to fear they will be culled to extinction in the near future.
“South Africa is home to about 80 percent of the world’s 29,000 rhinos. Though this is the third year in a row the number of rhinos poached in South Africa has dropped—from a high of 1,215 in 2014—conservationists say these losses are still unsustainable. The decline last year was small enough that it could be accounted for by undetected carcasses in large national parks, according to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring organization.”
What importance is a rhino to a shark?… well absolute nothing. Both very different species one lives in the water, the other on land. The only commonality they share is their activity with humans.
One of the most wide-ranging studies ever compiled on illegal shark killing brings new surprising statistics. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year around the world, a number that far exceeds what many populations need to recover.
“The statistical report, compiled by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, crunched numbers of reported shark catches globally and used data from nearly 100 former papers to estimate the number of unreported shark deaths every year. In a moving range, the researchers were able to calculate that between 6.4% and 7.9% of sharks of all species are killed annually.”
So when does it end, when do we the “Superior” beings fully comprehend the effects of our mass consumption. Everything on Earth has a right to life. But unfortunately not until a species is placed on the endangered list do we see a problem, and by the time we realise the destructive nature of our ways repopulation is not probable and the species dies. Our children and children’s children will never know these beautiful creatures.
Ecosystems carry the burden of having to restructure themselves in order to stabilise. Once a key component is removed chaos will ensue. So why do we keep making the same mistake! Is it fair to place our value higher than that of an animal because we have thumbs and a speech centre.
Although there are many species that are endangered because of varies commercial demands these two creatures have roamed the Earth for a very long time. Let’s just hope we will not have to drive around with a rhino horn on the grill of a car and a shark fin on the roof of the car.
WRITTEN BY: LANA SAMUELS