Protecting Animals and the Wildlife
Even though it is a relief to hear that more and more people are realizing the importance and value of conserving the world’s natural resources, it still is sad to hear that only a handful are dead serious and committed on protecting the animals and wildlife of this very same world we live in. You probably are pretty much aware about us doing stuff that destroy the environment, i.e. mining, deforestation, industry pollution, and the like; but what you’re not really paying that much attention to is the welfare of the animals and wildlife sharing the same environment and world with us.
Animals of different classifications, whether domesticated or wild, are currently in a state of constant threat and abuse from humans, and it seems like no one is really that interested in curbing this trend. It’s good to hear though that in recent years, there have been several non-profit organizations that have been gradually campaigning for animal protection, especially those focusing on saving endangered species from becoming extinct. Some of them like The Humane Society of the United States are aggressively taking those who abuse animals to court, while at the same time launching campaigns all around the world to lobby for executive and legislative programs addressing animal abuse.
While the work of the HSUS is a non-profit group bent on promoting animal welfare, some groups with the same noble intention focus on a different aspect of animal protection, which in this case is wildlife conservation. Generally speaking, wildlife conservation covers the broad area of protecting endangered animals and plant species, as well as the environment they live in, or so we call it their habitat.
The concept of wildlife conservation is to preserve the planet’s resources so as to have something left for the future generations to enjoy. If animal protection deals with the aggressive approach of fighting off people who make a living out of destroying and abusing animals, wildlife conservation on the other hand contributes by raising awareness on the importance of wildlife.
Though it’s sad to realize that not every government out there is active or even willing to promote wildlife conservation areas, the positive thing is that there still are some that have recently been very active in terms of creating policies that focus on the protection of animals in their respective jurisdictions.
The bottom line is that even if animal protection and wildlife conservation are taking two unique directions, they both will end up having to serve the same purpose, which is to allow humans to survive with a manageable and viable habitat for future generations. The earth is a dying planet and no one can argue with that; but it does not mean we just let it die without even doing something to at least slow it down.