HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
In a world of humans and animals, it has always been assumed that the wants and wishes of humans are all that matter and the well-being of animals is insignificant. We make animals do our work. We make them perform tricks for our amusement. We confine them, neglect them, abuse them, and kill them. We test chemicals, cosmetics, and medicines on them. We sell them for profit. We destroy their habitats. We slaughter them, butcher them, package their meat, and eat them. All of this is done with impunity with very few of us ever speaking out on their behalf.
Not long ago, it could be argued that Among all the reasons to tolerate absolute cruelty to animals was because the planet’s wildlife seemed to be an eternal commodity. However, a new way of thinking about animals has begun to gain momentum. As we are becoming less dependent upon them and as we begin to notice an increase in the speed by which we are losing entire species, people are beginning to appreciate the presence of animals among us. Whether it is for fear of losing them for all their commercial value or whether it is simply for their beauty or the affection many of us have for them, civic organizations and many businesses are waging campaigns around the world to conserve animals and protect them.
DESTRUCTION OF HABITAT
Wildlife Poaching: 4 Reasons Why You Should Care About the Issue
Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News July 2015
100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds: Central Africa has lost 64 percent of its elephants in a decade.
By Brad Scriber, National Geographic, Aug. 18, 2014
Animals in Need
These Animals Are Nearly Extinct - And Still
Ben Kerns, The Dodo, September 2014
5 Types of Poaching Happening Right Here in the U.S.
One Green Planet
Wildlife under threat from Asia's poaching
crisis – in pictures
George Monbiot, The Guardian, February 2015
prepared by the African Wildlife Foundation
The war on African poaching: is militarisation
doomed to fail?
Adam Welz, Environment 360 and The Guardian (Guardian Environment Network) Aug. 2013
Anti-Poaching Groups In Africa Becoming “Militarized” To Protect Elephants, Rhinos
Kathleen Caulderwood, ibtimes, 06/02/15
Novelty Dining and Consumption
Exotic Pet Industry
Climate change and wildlife
WWF World Wildlife Fund
Effects on Wildlife and Habitat
National Wildlife Federation
Climate change effects on ocean animals
New England Aquarium
How Global Warming is Changing the Wild Kingdom
Ker Than, livescience, June 21, 2005
One in six of world's species faces extinction due to climate change
The Guardian, Adam Vaughan, 30 April 2015
Species threatened by climate change
WWF World Wildlife Fund
Over 1,400 Endangered Species Are Threatened By Climate Change
Amelia Rosch, ThinkProgress, Nov 18, 2014
7 Species Hit Hard by Climate Change—Including One That's Already Extinct:
Coral, polar bears, and frogs are among the species hit hardest.
Christine Dell'Amore, National Geographic, April 2, 2014
Species Most Endangered by Global Warming
All About Wildlife