Not Your Trophy

Heart pounding as fear of what could happen ran through my head. Being chased by this man  put a toll on my body. The trees I have admired for years, where I was raised, are now my hiding spots, but I cant stop for long. He will eventually bring death to me. His bullets are faster than me, but his aim is off by a mile. I know my time is coming though.  My long legs give me an advantage but I am not built for running I use my tusks to move aside the brush but as I do he hits me right in the back of my knee. I’m half awake when he is sawing away at my tusks. Poachers killed close to all of my family when I was a child. I fall asleep dreaming about my family and what happened to them, every snap, every cry. He has killed many like me he will kill many more.

The definition of endangered means seriously at risk of being extinct, There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. This includes both endangered animals and endangered plants. There is a distinction between threatened, endangered, and extinct. threatened species are any species which are vulnerable to endangerment in the near future. Extinct (of a species, family, or other larger group) having no living members.

Sea otters, Giraffes, and the Woolly Mammoth all have something in common. They were all endangered at one point in time. The Southern Sea Otter is making a slow recovery from being hunted massively in the 18th and 19th century for what seems to be its fur. It made a good winter boot thick and water repellent. Sea Otters are native to the coasts of the Northern and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Giraffes are going through a silent extinction as the growth of the human population has limited the amount of room for the giraffes to roam. Poachers hunt giraffes for their hides and meat. Giraffe tails are highly prized by many African cultures. The desire for good-luck bracelets, and fly whisks led people to kill the giraffe for its tail alone.

A new study of the Woolly Mammoth suggests they might have been wiped out after the last Ice Age. There’s evidence that humans hunted Mammoths for their fur, meat, and tusks. The Woolly Mammoth went extinct in 1650 b.c.

Animals have been going through this for years. They are being hunted to the brink of extinction, until a law is put out stating “don’t kill these animals” with a list well over a thousand species. This is a vicious cycle that will continue until the end of time. Humans naturally have “a too much gene” meaning we always do too much with anything, like we take way too many pictures of the same thing, or we mess up our lives by doing too much. Too much of anything is  bad, no matter what we think. We need to stop, not just with killing animals but with everything in our lives. We need to slow down and admire the things we enjoy. The first step towards that is to not kill exotic animals.

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