Wild Animals Under Threat of Extinction

The amount of wild animals caught or eaten each year is close to or possibly even exceeding the species’ maximum yield levels. One day, they’ll be driven to extinction due to human intervention. The extinction of these animals will cause us to lose our rich biological system forever.

The amount of wild animals caught or eaten each year is close to or possibly even exceeding the species’ maximum yield levels. One day, they’ll be driven to extinction due to human intervention. The extinction of these animals will cause us to lose our rich biological system forever. As a matter of fact, these could be the end of the animal world! Shall we allow this horrible thing to happen on our lovely earth?

There seems that only public pressure, intertional protest and stringent regulations enforcing in every country will help ensure these animals remain protected in the years to come.

Snakes

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The wild snakes on land have become easy prey for hunters for their meat. Worldwide, people have eaten around thousand tons of snakes annually. If trucks are used to accommodate those snakes, then only 2,000 trucks can pack them up. In both Japan and Philippines, snake meat is sold as a delicacy in the markets. In America alone, rattlesnakes are always available as the foodstuffs in the markets and in Texas’s restaurants snake meat is cooked like roasting chicken or grilling shrimp. In China and other Asian countries, the main menu of snake meats also include cobra, king cobra, Bungarus fasciatus, Bungarus multicinctus which are now at risk of extinction.

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The recent data shows that there are thousands of parasites dwelling in the snake’s body. According to the restaurant owners, the flesh and skin of the snakes are always directly cooked even though they’re still carrying along with parasites. The critical question here is that these parasites are still alive even after boiling or cooking, and then they’re eaten alive through human’s mouth before reaching human’s intestinal tract.

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There are basically several types of parasites surviving in snake tissues, but the commonly seen one is called Spirometra mansoni. It’s primarily a sparganum (or called plerocercoid) which is developed to the third phase and parasites in snake’s body.  Under normal circumstance, as like boiling, steaming, or cooking in a short period of time under high temperature, can’t be effectively killed the sparganum. It can tolerant to high temperature to a low temperature of minus ten degrees and it can even survive in the refrigerator.

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33 Responses to “Wild Animals Under Threat of Extinction”
  1. ceegirl Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Wow, what some animals. Nice photo’s.


  2. chitragopi Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    The huge number of seal carcasses and the other dead animals-
    will haunt anyone’s memory for long. You have thrown light on a global problem. Man is the most terrible animal of all. Worthy article indeed.


  3. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Chan, thank you for your impassioned plea for the lives of creatures. If we do not stop our harmful practices not only are their lives endanger but our ecosystem.


  4. Hansika Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    that was great…thanks for the share


  5. Glynis Smy Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    It is such a shame about the animals. Interesting article.


  6. Sourav Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for raising this issue. Very good write.


  7. Goodselfme Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Your kind heart and knowledge is expressed well in this needed post. Hopefully some global restraint can be formulated to save these creatures from extinction.


  8. Guy Hogan Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    How will it end? I have no idea. For some of these animals it may be too late already. I hope not.


  9. BC Doan Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Some images are really heart-wrenching to see, and we need to be more aware of this subject.

    Great article, Chan!


  10. ahmad joko setyawan Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Brilliant article! Beautifully presented,highly informative and very well written! I enjoyed reading this as it was touching on a subject that creates awareness.


  11. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Great reminder for us about the plight of animals today. It’s disturbing to know this kind of scenes are still happening in this civilized world of the 21st century!


  12. clay hurtubise Says...

    On November 21, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Great job, but what a tough read! Mankind is often anything but kind.
    Thanks,
    Caly


  13. giftarist Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Awesome..great pics too..


  14. Jojo Skeene Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 7:33 am

    How cruel these people are? They shouldn’t killed this kind of species. One day our future generation will only see these type of animals in the book. Dolphins for example are human-friendly. Aside from snake cooked and sold in the Philippines, people also go for frogs, dogs and other exotic food.

    Anyway, thanks for the great read and the information.


  15. Jenny Heart Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I never knew about this brutality. I agree with you. Thanks for opening our eyes a litter further. Too many people just want to shut their eyes and hearts. Tragic!


  16. Joe Dorish Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Great article Chan! I agree nobody should buy products from these endangered animals. Some of the photos like the dead seals on the ice are just chilling.


  17. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Sadly for everyone who will refuse to eat and buy these products, many will seek them out and pay top dollars.


  18. Eunice Tan Says...

    On November 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    A friend emailed me asked my support to stop the seal hunt. We should concern about these animals and ecology, right?


  19. Yovita Siswati Says...

    On November 24, 2009 at 2:44 am

    It is a sad fact that the numbers of this wonderful species decrease everyday. I agree, we should, refuse to buy products from this species, at least something we can do.


  20. abhishek40914 Says...

    On November 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    that is surely lot of info, great work


  21. Lex92 Says...

    On November 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great article :) we shouldn’t eat the animals that are under extinction


  22. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On November 27, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Great presentation..very interesting read..mmm..a bit tough..lol..wonderful pictures! well done my friend 8) :)


  23. PR Mace Says...

    On November 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Great article with important information. Sorry I missed this one. This is why I sometimes go to my friends profile site and see what I have missed. I find some wonderful posts.


  24. drelayaraja Says...

    On November 30, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Good article friend.


  25. deep blue Says...

    On December 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    A dreadful truth from a patient research. I suppose if we could exterminate our own kind in acts of war and politically induced policies, our species could take the slaughter of harmless animals as a less grave violent act that would merit personal guilt. My two thumbs up for this post my friend.


  26. Ashley Ann Says...

    On December 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I LOVE THIS ARTICLE!!!!! Especially the part where you say ” I think people who did this barbaric act aren’t humans but demons instead. They must have a mentality problem.” I feel the same way…. but I feel that way about ALL animal cruelty.. including factory farming and eating meat.. great article.. definatley going to share.


  27. Callum Says...

    On February 13, 2010 at 7:34 am

    its sad that people skin seals + u should add tigers.


  28. annie mallove Says...

    On March 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    i hate it


  29. daniel byrnes Says...

    On April 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    these are people who should have their own hearst ripped out and lets cheak with them if it hurts


  30. dannyb Says...

    On April 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    daniel byrnes is the best and eve bec and jezza arent


  31. april Says...

    On April 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    bec is a athest and eve is not


  32. Donald Gialanella Says...

    On June 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Just wanted to make you aware that that is a photograph of my steel sculpture, Dodo Bird. It would be nice to get a credit and a link to my site http://www.DonSculpture.com.

    Thanks,
    Donald Gialanella, artist.


  33. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On June 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Donald Gialanella,

    The image source below the dodo image is already directed to your link before you left me comment here. Please click and check on it. Thanks!


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