Some people may not know the importance of protecting endangered animals. Some may even suggest killing them to save people's farms and lives. Yet ecosystems are very complicated. Killing wild animals may kill even more people at the end, not to say the economic losses. To give an example, if we kill all lions, zebras and antelopes will prosper. There will be so many of them that all grasses in meadows will be eaten. Meadows will become deserts and there will be more severe storms and floods, killing thousands of people. So be sure we follow the suggestions below to save them.
Do not buy products made from endangered wild life, in particular elephant tusk products. There used to be millions of African Elephants, now there are just one tenth as much as 50 years ago.
Do not eat any produce from wild life. Eating tiger penis, bones and teeth is bringing extinction to all tiger species. In 2013, there are just around 3000 left in the wild. They could all be killed in one to two decades if we do not act now. Similarly, do not drink gall bladder juices from bears. Do not eat whale meat. You may have no chance to do the above in Hong Kong, but you may have when you travel aboard. Refrain from the temptation to try exotic experiences. In Hong Kong we should not eat blue fin tuna.
Donate regularly to funds that save and support wild life, such as the World Wild Life Fund (WWF). Some people hesitate to donate because they do not want their money to be spent on administration. That is a mistake. An administration fee of around ten percent is almost inevitable. Even around 20% is reasonable. The rest can still do a lot for wild life.
Hong Kong people love to travel. Besides shopping and eating, include eco-trips. Your presence and spending will bring livelihood to the people living near to wild life habitats. Instead of killing the wild lives for a living, they can now serve as guides. But do remember to buy carbon credits for your flight.
Persuade your relatives and friends to protect wild life like you do. Setting yourself as an example and occasional reminders will do. There is no need to pressure them.
The greatest threat on wild life is our own population growth. To accommodate more people means to find more land for food and living. It implies the destruction of habitats and extinction of wild species. Each couple that can breed should give birth to only two kids. By this way, the population will soon peak and decline slowly.
Most wild life populations are in decline. It is a daunting task to save them yet we must. In some instances we are successful. For example, since Hong Kong advocates taking shark fin soup off banquet menus, the consumption of shark fin fell by 50% in a decade. All is not lost, provided we start saving them now. Let us all join hands to protect wild animals, and hence protect ourselves and our kids.