Africa-Ethics and Environmental Case Study

Essay by DANIMAL69University, Bachelor'sA, September 2008

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The Saga of the Great Apes extends past one species and transcends to a number of endangered animals on the planet. Africa is a primary target in the worlds attempt to resolve the growing concern over the slaughtering of primates, great apes, and many more threatened wildlife species. Naturally; poverty, survival, the need for animal protein, and in some cases the only option for livelihood, is an ever growing problem within a continent of so much internal turbulence and instability. Ethical concerns and responsibilities must be viewed from multiple perspectives before a universal and successful plan of action can be implemented. Understanding the history and the motivation behind why people act in the manner that they do will assist decision makers in hopefully, providing the education to those affected, which of course, includes every human on the planet.

Historical DevelopmentThe historical development of poaching is one of survival and destruction.

Scientifically defined, poaching is the act of trapping and slaughtering wildlife on others’ premises. This massacring of the wildlife has reduced once flourishing numbers to their present pitiful state as endangered species, (Tripod, 2008). The practice of poaching began in the Stone Age. The first humans who were deprived of the knowledge of cultivating food sources turned to the natural world and hunting other species for nourishment and survival.

In primitive countries this practice was handed down to the land natives and hunting became a method of sustaining life. Hunting animals for food was primary, then using fur for clothing, and other items for medicinal purposes. The poaching practice became widespread and commercialized for whaling, which existence has evolved to threaten all animals.

Poaching and natural habitat destruction in Africa poses the highest threat to wildlife conservation. Poachers ignore laws for protecting animals and apes are especially in grave danger.