There are other noble jobs out there: surgeons, firefighters, soldiers, mothers, nurses save lives every day. But today I want to focus on a “job” that is selfless beyond words: it’s the mission of those who take it upon themselves to protect endangered animals from poachers.
Poaching is the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals with the purpose of monetary gain by harvesting animal body parts, meat or eggs. Normally one would be tempted to assume that poaching is associated with underdeveloped countries, like many parts of Africa, where rhinoceroses are killed for their horns. Unfortunately that’s far from true.
Poaching has become rampant in Canada, where turtles are being killed or captured for their shells or for meat.
Poaching is not limited only to animals. Since 1980, illegal harvesting of rare plants qualifies as poaching. Thousands of American Ginseng roots are being harvested every year in the US to be sold on the black market where they’re valued at $50 to $250 per pound.
Although the law is supposed to protect these endangered species from poaching, more often than not it is powerless against human greed and lack of foresight. Earlier in 2014, the population of northern white rhinos was reduced to only six animals. Although the last one animal to die was not poached, the (inevitable) extinction of this species is a sad testament to human race insatiable greed. Rhino horns are being sold in Asia at prices that exceed the ones of platinum or gold, being valued at around $65,000 per kilogram.
While others are looking to make the next dollar by killing and selling animals until they are completely gone from the face of the Earth, a few everyday heroes have take upon themselves to protect those who cannot defend themselves. Some do it as a daily job, while others do it out of the goodness of their hearts.
The following pictures are dedicated to them.