How to Help Reduce Poaching

How to Help Reduce Poaching

Poaching is a cruel, illegal, international trade that’s built on greed and the demand for rare goods.[1] X Research source This issue is a lot bigger than just 1 person, but there are still plenty of ways that poaching can be reduced and eventually stopped. Evaluate your everyday life and see if there are any simple, informed choices you can make that can have a small but impactful difference in the world of illegal animal trade.

Method 1 of 3:
Making Informed Purchases

1
Ask where artisan goods were made and if they’re allowed to be sold. Shop carefully if you’re on the market for jewelry, art, or anything else that could be made with poached animal goods, like ivory or rhinoceros horns. Ask the shopkeeper where the item in question was made, and if the original country permitted it to be sold. A reputable seller will gladly tell you this information, and likely won’t be selling poached goods, anyway. [2] X Research source For instance, you can ask something like: “I really like this necklace. Was it made with ivory, or something else?” If the seller seems evasive or dodges your questions, you may want to take your business elsewhere.

Tip: Invest in products that are certified and produced respectfully. Look for special logos on the back of your products, like the Forest Stewardship Council. While not specifically pertaining to poaching, these types of organizations promote healthy and responsible production that doesn’t hurt the environment or local ecosystems.[3] X Research source

2
Stop buying goods made with rare, animal-sourced materials. Avoid products that are crafted with tiger skin, ivory, and sea turtle shell. These materials are illegal in a lot of countries, and help create a product demand that ultimately leads to poaching. Instead, purchase knock-offs, which won’t contribute to the poaching industry. [4] X Research source For instance, you can purchase a faux tiger pelt instead of a real one. Ask the seller before buying anything made with coral, crocodile skin, or snakeskin. A lot of these products are sourced in harmful ways.
3
Adopt local pets instead of tropical ones. Don’t purchase tropical birds or rare animals that aren’t really considered pets, like apes or monkeys. Purchasing these animals creates a demand, which causes these live animals to be forcefully removed from their natural habitat. Instead, adopt a pet from your local animal shelter instead. [5] X Research source Animals like apes are not meant to be kept as domesticated pets. A lot of animal shelters have tropical birds that need to be adopted into a loving home.
4
Debunk false rumors spread about animal products. A lot of cultures believe that certain ingredients, like rhinoceros horn, can cure a lot of different ailments. If you see friends or family considering this type of product, nudge them in a different direction. Remind them that these rare ingredients have no real scientific basis, and only add to the poaching industry. [6] X Research source
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Method 2 of 3:
Offering Your Time and Money

1
Donate to organizations that fight poaching on a global scale. Visit the website of different anti-poaching groups, like the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. These groups help protect the habitats of poached animals and help support rangers who patrol those areas. You don’t need to give a lot of money—even small amounts, like a dollar or 2 can make a difference! [7] X Research source Other groups that work to prevent poaching are the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society, and the WILD Foundation.
2
Give money to rangers who actively search for and stop poachers. Rangers go out of their way to survey and protect the habitats of commonly poached animals, like elephants and rhinos. You can make a difference by donating a few dollars to these individuals. [8] X Research source Some organizations, like the Global Conservation Force, have an “Adopt-a-Ranger” program, which allows you to pay for a ranger’s training. You can also donate to specific conservation efforts, like giraffes, pangolins, or another animal of your choice.
3
Hold a fundraiser dedicated to anti-poaching groups. Get together with some friends and plan an event or drive where people can donate to the organization of your choice. If possible, reach out to a local conservation or wildlife sanctuary and see if they’d be interested in hosting or helping out at your event. Once you’ve settled on the details, advertisement your fundraiser online and on signs, so people know when to show up. [9] X Research source For instance, you can host a car wash and dedicate the proceeds to the Environmental Investigation Agency. Contact a local petting zoo and see if they’d be willing to let you hold a fundraiser at their establishment.
4
Volunteer with anti-poaching groups to make a difference. Apply to work as a ranger or other type of volunteer. If you’re really dedicated to the cause, you may be able to travel to more affected areas, where you can protect and defend the local wildlife from poaching. [10] X Research source A lot of ranger programs are based in Africa, so you may have to pay for your own airfare and transportation to get there. Find out more volunteer ranger application info here: http://www.wildvolunteer.com/volunteer-international-anti-poaching-foundation.
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Method 3 of 3:
Providing Legal Support

1
Report any suspected poaching operations. Take note of any sellers who seem fishy or seem to be selling questionable products. Visit your region’s Natural Resources or Game and Fish department, then submit a report about the suspected poacher or seller. [11] X Trustworthy Source The Humane Society of the United States National organization devoted to the promotion of animal welfare Go to source You can usually fill out an online form, or you can call a specified number, depending on where you live. [12] X Research source For a full list of departments in the United States, check here: https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/state-report-a-poacher-for-web.pdf.
2
Sign a petition to make the ivory trade illegal. Search online for a digital petition started by a reputable organization. Submit your name and contact info so you can add yourself to a growing list of anti-poaching advocates. [13] X Research source Sign petitions that are being managed by reputable organizations, like the WWF.
3
Take a stand to end poaching by signing a pledge. Pledges are slightly different than petitions—with pledges, you’re making a promise and commitment to yourself, rather than a specific organization. Submit your name and contact information to an anti-poaching advocacy group, so you can stay informed on how you can make a difference. [14] X Research source You can sign a pledge here: https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=664.
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Method 1 of 3:
Making Informed Purchases

1
Ask where artisan goods were made and if they’re allowed to be sold. Shop carefully if you’re on the market for jewelry, art, or anything else that could be made with poached animal goods, like ivory or rhinoceros horns. Ask the shopkeeper where the item in question was made, and if the original country permitted it to be sold. A reputable seller will gladly tell you this information, and likely won’t be selling poached goods, anyway. [2] X Research source For instance, you can ask something like: “I really like this necklace. Was it made with ivory, or something else?” If the seller seems evasive or dodges your questions, you may want to take your business elsewhere.

Tip: Invest in products that are certified and produced respectfully. Look for special logos on the back of your products, like the Forest Stewardship Council. While not specifically pertaining to poaching, these types of organizations promote healthy and responsible production that doesn’t hurt the environment or local ecosystems.[3] X Research source

2
Stop buying goods made with rare, animal-sourced materials. Avoid products that are crafted with tiger skin, ivory, and sea turtle shell. These materials are illegal in a lot of countries, and help create a product demand that ultimately leads to poaching. Instead, purchase knock-offs, which won’t contribute to the poaching industry. [4] X Research source For instance, you can purchase a faux tiger pelt instead of a real one. Ask the seller before buying anything made with coral, crocodile skin, or snakeskin. A lot of these products are sourced in harmful ways.
3
Adopt local pets instead of tropical ones. Don’t purchase tropical birds or rare animals that aren’t really considered pets, like apes or monkeys. Purchasing these animals creates a demand, which causes these live animals to be forcefully removed from their natural habitat. Instead, adopt a pet from your local animal shelter instead. [5] X Research source Animals like apes are not meant to be kept as domesticated pets. A lot of animal shelters have tropical birds that need to be adopted into a loving home.
4
Debunk false rumors spread about animal products. A lot of cultures believe that certain ingredients, like rhinoceros horn, can cure a lot of different ailments. If you see friends or family considering this type of product, nudge them in a different direction. Remind them that these rare ingredients have no real scientific basis, and only add to the poaching industry. [6] X Research source
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Method 2 of 3:
Offering Your Time and Money

1
Donate to organizations that fight poaching on a global scale. Visit the website of different anti-poaching groups, like the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. These groups help protect the habitats of poached animals and help support rangers who patrol those areas. You don’t need to give a lot of money—even small amounts, like a dollar or 2 can make a difference! [7] X Research source Other groups that work to prevent poaching are the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society, and the WILD Foundation.
2
Give money to rangers who actively search for and stop poachers. Rangers go out of their way to survey and protect the habitats of commonly poached animals, like elephants and rhinos. You can make a difference by donating a few dollars to these individuals. [8] X Research source Some organizations, like the Global Conservation Force, have an “Adopt-a-Ranger” program, which allows you to pay for a ranger’s training. You can also donate to specific conservation efforts, like giraffes, pangolins, or another animal of your choice.
3
Hold a fundraiser dedicated to anti-poaching groups. Get together with some friends and plan an event or drive where people can donate to the organization of your choice. If possible, reach out to a local conservation or wildlife sanctuary and see if they’d be interested in hosting or helping out at your event. Once you’ve settled on the details, advertisement your fundraiser online and on signs, so people know when to show up. [9] X Research source For instance, you can host a car wash and dedicate the proceeds to the Environmental Investigation Agency. Contact a local petting zoo and see if they’d be willing to let you hold a fundraiser at their establishment.
4
Volunteer with anti-poaching groups to make a difference. Apply to work as a ranger or other type of volunteer. If you’re really dedicated to the cause, you may be able to travel to more affected areas, where you can protect and defend the local wildlife from poaching. [10] X Research source A lot of ranger programs are based in Africa, so you may have to pay for your own airfare and transportation to get there. Find out more volunteer ranger application info here: http://www.wildvolunteer.com/volunteer-international-anti-poaching-foundation.
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Method 3 of 3:
Providing Legal Support

1
Report any suspected poaching operations. Take note of any sellers who seem fishy or seem to be selling questionable products. Visit your region’s Natural Resources or Game and Fish department, then submit a report about the suspected poacher or seller. [11] X Trustworthy Source The Humane Society of the United States National organization devoted to the promotion of animal welfare Go to source You can usually fill out an online form, or you can call a specified number, depending on where you live. [12] X Research source For a full list of departments in the United States, check here: https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/state-report-a-poacher-for-web.pdf.
2
Sign a petition to make the ivory trade illegal. Search online for a digital petition started by a reputable organization. Submit your name and contact info so you can add yourself to a growing list of anti-poaching advocates. [13] X Research source Sign petitions that are being managed by reputable organizations, like the WWF.
3
Take a stand to end poaching by signing a pledge. Pledges are slightly different than petitions—with pledges, you’re making a promise and commitment to yourself, rather than a specific organization. Submit your name and contact information to an anti-poaching advocacy group, so you can stay informed on how you can make a difference. [14] X Research source You can sign a pledge here: https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=664.
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