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.
Whether the concerned group of animals are those domesticated ones like dogs, cats, birds, and others or those wildlife species living in forests, jungles, and the seas, the fact remains that they all are currently subjected and prone to some kind of abuse. 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. There are those like The Humane Society of the United States that are taking a rather aggressive stance against people and groups abusing animals by filing cases against them; the same group is also responsible for several lobbying initiatives for governments to act on stopping and preventing 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. The most accurate definition of wildlife conservation is the practice or campaign of protecting endangered animals and plant species, along with the protection and conservation of their habitat.
The idea is to ensure that everything the earth has right now will be preserved, or at least what’s left of it for the future generations to make use of it. And while animal protection has this aggressive approach towards those who abuse and kill animals, wildlife conservation is more on raising awareness, more specifically on the importance of wildlife.
Although it is sad that not every government or country out there is willing enough to help in the promotion of wildlife conservation, perhaps the consolation is that some governments have already taken steps to create policies designed specifically for the protection of animals.
In the end, the protection of animals and wildlife conservation are two concepts that might differ in some aspects, but still are undeniably linked to one goal: for humans to survive for more generations to come. The planet is dying and the process is already at a very alarming pace; but if we really want to save the future generations, we begin by protecting our animals.