The Amazonians Wealth Coming From Those Killing It

The Amazonians Wealth Coming Those Killing It


The Amazonian jungle is widely known as a safe haven for the widest variety of species, stretching out to 2,000 animals across the border. In a place so bountiful with species richness, there comes destruction from people looking for profit. The Illegal wildlife trade has become so big that the law and actions being taken to hinder those who participate in the trading of these animals meat, skin, and niche parts of body, has become a lot harder to tackle in each country. More and more of the regions that are affected by the trading, specifically South America and East Asia, have spoken out on what they will be doing with the law enforcement to combat these issues to prevent the endangerment of these ecosystems. Since these geographical areas are the ones being taken over by this epidemic, it is most paramount for their laws to be the most punishable. There is a decent amount of profitable income for these poachers, hunters, traders, and farmers, that have made the trading more excessive because of the return they get back for the killing of the species.

Besides the simple fact that the illegal wildlife trade has largely affected the ecosystems in the rainforest, there has been a large finding of infectious diseases through these animals being traded through cities. The pathogens that they’ve found have also shown up in the human body as well. Scientists studying the Amazon and the illegal wildlife trade have found this almost as an advantage in the scientific community. If they are able to get the attention of people involved by revealing the risk of their own health, it will increase the chances of the traders willing to step back for the sake of themselves.  The organizations being formed across the countries have been working to recognize the people who participate the acts as criminals. The parts of the illegal wildlife trade that have been exposed have shed a light on animal abuse and the need to save these creatures and the habitats that these people are affecting by taking keystone species away. This needs to be treated as a criminal felony for those involved because of the termination of wildlife that poachers and traders are submerging themselves into.

5 thoughts on “The Amazonians Wealth Coming From Those Killing It

  1. Samuel Petersen

    Sara this was a great read. I did not know the extent of poaching and I still wonder who buys illegally taken parts of animals .Do you think people purchase parts of animals as a status symbol? Or to be able to say they have tried a fine rare meat? I have been looking into how drug cartels can displace native people and harm the environment. From my research I have found that policies in attacking cartels in Columbia have actually pushed them South into Brazil and Northern Peru. They then go into soft areas that are not heavily governed such as national parks. I wonder if cartels have links in the poaching trade as well because, they tend to launder money though resource extraction such as timber and coffee. Do you know if they have links to poaching?

  2. Patrick Anderson

    Sara, This was and interesting read to say the least! I feel that not only is a problem in the Amazon but an epidemic issue around the world. When you were talking about the infectious diseases to me it seems that killing the animals that are infected are the least of there worries because they are doing it illegally. As we all know there is animal cruelty around the world. The issue that arrises is what type of punishment is fitting for such a crime? If these poachers are found how can you trace the disease back to the specific animal that may or may not have infected the human body?

  3. Maxwell Hamburg

    I knew that the illegal trade of skins and pelts was still going on but I did not ever thing about the contaminants and things of that sort that come with it. There is this sense with people that we all share the same germs and immune system when that is not the case. It sounds a lot like how when we first started coming from Europe that all of our disease ended up wiping out most of the native population because they had no immunity to it. This also sounds a lot like the poaching that has been happening for years in Africa and in Asia. Do you feel that treating it as more of a crime is enough or should more be done to stop these crimes that are going on constantly? I hope that that discussion does come up in your papers so that there is the ability to discuss and have that idea come up in peoples minds.

  4. Simeon Pol

    Sara, great read. I did not even think pelt trading was a form of resource export in the Amazon, but it does make sense. It also makes sense that is illegal and considered a crime. I focused on ecotourism myself which attempts to conserve these species. The Macaw being one of them was sought after for its colorful array of feathers. I believe ecotourism can potentially minimize the issue with pelt trading because unlike most reserves, ecotourism reserves are regulated and run by locals who may potentially find it easier to work in the ecotourism industry instead of dangerously catching, skinning, and selling pelts. Education is essential in preventing continued issues of animal abuse and mistreatment of ecology and ecotourism can provide that solution to educating the uninformed. I myself did not know about the illegal pelt market until I read your statement.

  5. Alexander Kosik

    you mention the voices of indigenous groups needing preservation. Within the context of resource rich areas, often times the voices of indigenous people are drowned out by neoliberal agendas. This is notable by ex Peruvian President, Garcia selling his people out to operations and Ecuador’s long history of oil extraction interventions, even these examples are not uncommon. In these instances the indigenous people are subject to the deforestation and pollution born disease these corporations bring. Even when the institutions like the UN speak up for the indigenous people and regulate an industry, it creates a volatile vacuum where another industry takes its place. There needs to be a better system of combating this to preserve these voices you mention.


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