When it comes to habitat conservation and wildlife protection, one of the most important elements – perhaps the most important element – is conscious consumerism. This means that conservation is not just about what we actively DO; it is also what we choose NOT to do or buy that makes a difference.
The work being carried out in the field by anti-poaching patrols, our own vets and Wildlife Warriors, and various other conservation units in countries all over the world is a vital force in defending the future of threatened species. But the truth is that without the support of responsible consumers making conscious decisions, those in the field are fighting a battle that may prove impossible to win.
The future of our world’s forests, home to many endangered species, is heavily impacted by the consumer. Many products readily available to us are sourced from illegal logging – but we do have the choice not to buy. In a more direct and barbaric way, body parts of endangered species are still found in some traditional Asian medicines or sold as souvenirs. Here are some simple measures YOU can take to help save tigers and other endangered species around the world.
DON'T buy products containing endangered species. Watch out for souvenirs and traditional Asian medicines containing body parts of tigers and other endangered species.
Read this short story about the terrible practice of shark finning by Peter Benchley, author of JAWS.
DON'T buy furniture that is made from illegally logged hardwood such as teak or mahogany. Only buy wood products from sustainable or recycled sources.
Good purchasing habits can save habitat.
DON'T support companies that directly damage the environment or support activities that destroy habitat. Only deal with ethical companies.
Put our planet first and profits second.
DON'T remain silent. Speak out against environment abuse and unethical practices. Remember, poverty and human suffering go hand in hand with environmental issues.
Speak out. Give them a voice.