Stop the Killing
Stop the Killing is one of Care for the Wild’s key campaigns. Horrifically, wild animals are dying at an unprecedented rate due to the demand for their body parts. Traditional Asian medicines account for a huge amount of this killing, as does a seeming desire to own trinkets or trophies made from dead animals.
Many species are suffering because of this, and many are endangered, or becoming endangered. While we are concerned about all wildlife, our focus is on these key species:
Elephants are killed for their tusks, which are made of ivory. Ivory is prized as it can be carved into attractive trinkets and statues, but the demand for it has increased dramatically over the last few years. The cost of ivory has also gone up rapidly, and this has led to a massive increase in the amount of elephants killed over the last few years.
The rewards are so high for the poachers that armed gangs, backed by organised crime and militia groups, wipe out huge numbers using assault weapons and armed helicopters. Wildlife crime is now seen on the same level as drug and arms smuggling, and is seen as a potential threat to national security.
- Read about our anti-poaching patrols in Kenya here.
- Read about our elephant rehabilitation projects here.
- Read about our Names campaign here.
- Adopt an elephant here.
Like elephants, rhinos are currently under immense pressure from poaching. In 2012, 668 were killed, a record number and a massive increase on previous years; in 2007, 13 were killed. 2013 is shaping up to break the record again. With a total population of around 16,000, and with more male rhinos than female born each year, the danger of the population diminishing is imminent. Some feel that the species could be gone within 10 years.
- Find out about Rhino Cab here.
- Rhino-conomics: read our press release on why legalising rhino horn would be bad, here.
- Rhinos on the Edge: read our blog from the CITES conference here.
- Adopt our blind rhino Max here.
Tigers are under immense pressure from poaching, both for their skins which can be used as trophies from hunting or rugs, and also their body parts and bones, which are used in traditional oriental medicines. From a population in India of around 4,300 in 1989, estimates are that there are currently around 1500. In fact, there are now more tigers in captivity around the world than there are left in the wild.
- Adopt Jasper the Tiger here.
- Read about our tiger conservation work in India here.
- Many tigers are in captivity in one form or another. Read our recent blog on Thailand’s Tiger Temple here.
Around the World
Unfortunately, the killing is not confined to just these species. Lions are now extinct in 25 African countries. 100 million sharks are killed each year, mainly to end up in the luxury shark fin soup. Polar bears could be gone within decades. Many species of turtles are on the verge of extinction. The list goes on.
So our work will continue. You can read more on this subject:
- We were at the recent CITES conference where decisions are made on whether animals (and their parts) can be traded legally. Read more here.
- Last year, the Director of Care for the Wild Kenya, Asgar Pathan, wrote an impassioned plea describing the his work and the battles he faces. Read his special report
- Find out more about the anti-poaching work that we do in Africa by visiting our Project Pages.
To support our work, please consider donating to the cause, here.