Poaching devastates the populations of endangered animals, harms communities that depend on tourism, and has negative consequences for the environment. It is also the fourth most profitable illegal industry after the trafficking of narcotics, weapons, and humans. Sadly, the trade in animal parts is so lucrative that, faced with limited economic opportunities, many people still decide to poach protected wild animal species.
Anti-poaching teams and organizations work tirelessly to protect animals that are popular targets for poachers, such as Bengal tigers, lions, elephants, rhinos, and sharks. Oftentimes, these anti-poaching teams use technology to track these animals for their protection. Unfortunately, there’s a new phenomenon, called “cyberpoaching,” in which hackers crack encryptions on conservation technologies. Thus, they are able to find where these vulnerable animals are located and kill them.
Driving around at night through a Zambian wildlife park…
— Hack The Planet (@h4ck_the_planet) April 10, 2018
Fortunately, there are also hackers that are fighting back against cyberpoaching using their system, Hack the Poacher, to locate poachers and alert nearby patrols. We need to make sure the Hack the Poacher team gets as much funding as they can, so they can provide this vital software to every wildlife conservation team in the world. Sign this petition to demand that the US and EU provide funding for this Hack the Poacher platform, so we can find the poachers before they find and kill wildlife!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Protect Chimpanzees from Poachers and Traffickers
- Demand Emergency Funds for Unemployed People in India So They Don’t Have to Turn to Poaching for Money
- Tell the UN to Fund Anti-Poaching Efforts to Save Elephants
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