Across Southeast Asia, wild animals are being afraid out of existence to feed growing demand for bushmeat, in line with conservationists.
Thomas grey, science director with conservation group life Alliance that operates in Kampuchea says that snares — easy traps made from wire and cord — became the only biggest threat to ground-dwelling animals in Kampuchea, Vietnam, and Laos over the last decade.
Between 2010 and 2015, around 200,000 snares were removed by patrol groups from simply 5 protected areas within the region. However, despite these efforts, says Gray, enforcement patrols cannot keep up with poachers and stop the slaughter.
Typically made up of bike and bicycle brake cables, snares are low cost and straightforward to construct. Historically, hunters created snares from rattan and different natural forest merchandise that were “relatively weak and rotten comparatively quickly,” says grey. Wire snares need abundant less talent to form and might last for years.
The hunters’ targets are animals they’ll sell as food, as well as wild pigs, cervid deer, civets, and porcupines.
But the tragic factor concerning snares, says Gray, is that “they dispose of everything.” Animals caught in these “barbaric” devices face a lingering death, he says. Some manage to flee, however, are possible to die from their injuries — generally, as a result of they need gnawed off a limb to free themselves. Captured animals while not valued are merely left to rot within the forest.
Southeast Asia’s forests once teemed with myriad species, as well as sun bears, stripy rabbits, marbleized cats, hog badgers, and monkeys.