If it's not obvious by now, I love animals.
Love love LOVE them.
For those of you that don't know, I even started a group (with the help of one of my fabulous friends) that is all about animals and how much we love them.
Now you may be thinking "Oh god, she made a group that just shows pictures of cats." or "Crap, she's an extension of the internet with those crazy cat pictures." In reality, we are trying to educate people all about the cruelties that happen and how people can stop them!
I have mentioned before in a post about this page on facebook called "I fucking love science" and how hilarious it is and how there are plenty of interesting facts that are sent out. However, while scrolling through the masses of updates that I don't care too much about, I see this picture.
This was pretty powerful.
The information that he puts in the information box are as follows:
"Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species—elephants, rhinos and tigers.
The global value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7.8 and $10 billion per year.
I AM NOT MEDICINE
At least one rhino is killed every day due to the mistaken belief that rhino horn can cure diseases. The main market is now in Vietnam where there is a newly emerged belief that rhino horn cures cancer. Rhino horn is also used in other traditional Asian medicine to treat a variety of ailments including fever and various blood disorders. It is also used by wealthy Asian as a cure for hangovers.
I AM NOT A TRINKET
Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned the international trade in ivory. However, there are still some thriving but unregulated domestic ivory markets in a number of countries, which fuel an illegal international trade.
I AM NOT A RUG
Every part of the tiger—from whisker to tail—is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers. In relentless demand, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies, and increasingly as a status symbol among wealthy Asians.
All information and text from the WWF. Find out more here:http://bit.ly/WH4SMk"
It's just so upsetting that this has to happen when it is 100% avoidable!
Other occurrences that can be completely avoided are the Narwhal ivory industry, Shark fining, or even just our trash killing the seagulls.
If you feel totally helpless about what to do (because you don't buy ivory or shark fin medicine), another way is to work with the policies and sign petitions to attempt to change legislation. A prime site that I use to find petitions of all sorts is change.org.
My new saying is "Be active and sign something!", but make sure you understand what you're signing and the effects that will occur from that action.
Don't be a lump on a log, the animals will thank you!