There are ways that the average person can work to help endangered species. Indeed there are quite a few things that a person can do in their day to life to help endangered species.
Perhaps the biggest statement on behalf endangered animals that a person can make is with their money. Simply changing the way you spend your money and watching what you buy can help save endangered animals. There are many products that people buy or use everyday that actually put endangered animals in danger of extinction.
How to Help Endangered species with Your Shopping List
A few products that put animals in danger such as ivory and rhino horn are well known but they are also expensive and exotic. The average person will simply not buy these products so eliminating them from a person's shopping list is not realistic.
Unfortunately there are many everyday products that average people use that put animals in danger. A person can protect animals by taking these products off their shopping list.
Some products that can endanger animals:
- Products made of wood from tropical forests such as teak and ebony. The cutting of trees for this wood deprives many species such as orangutans of their habitat. Avoiding furniture, wood floors and other products made from these woods can help these animals.
- Any fish that is caught in the sea such as tuna: Over fishing is killing off many species of fish in the ocean. Buying fish that are farm raised can protect fish in the ocean. Check fish labels to see if fish products are farm raised. More expensive fish such as tuna and shark are more likely to be caught in the sea.
- Electricity made by burning fossil fuels such as coal many people believe these products cause global warming which hurts many species. Switching to electricity made from hydroelectric power, nuclear power or renewable energy such as wind power can help animals such as polar bears.
Things that Won't Help Endangered Species
Unfortunately many people also don't know how to help save endangered species. These people often boycott or quit using products that don't hurt or help endangered animals.
An example of this would be fur and leather. Almost all of the fur and leather used in clothing comes from animals that are raised on farms not animals caught in the wild. Boycotting fur or leather will do little or nothing to help endangered species.
Even if animals are caught for fur in the wild, the trapping of animals for fur is not depleting populations or causing extinction. The big threat to animals is not hunting or trapping but the destruction of their environment through logging and global warming.
Many people ignore the best way how to help endangered species available to them: political action. Simply voting for political candidates who are willing to take action against problems like global warming, will do more good than all the boycotts or protests around. Indeed the only thing many politicians pay attention to is votes. These people don't care about protests, boycotts or any other action. They do care if they lose their cushy jobs.