One thing often misunderstood about climate change is that humans are not really “killing the planet.” In fact, it’s most likely the planet will keep on living once it has scourged itself of its biggest virus: human beings. The saddest fact, though, is that human beings will likely take all of the animals with them when they go. Animals making the endangered species list are increasing every year, making our resources more and more thinly spread.

One of the biggest troubles is that endangered animals are often in countries where their welfare is not taken care of. The ivory trade is still a huge issue even now is 2018, and many people in African countries are poor enough to take the huge reward that comes with killing these beautiful creatures for their tusks. This then gives them enough money to feed their families long enough until the next poach is required.

In many countries across the globe, there is often an unbalanced view of wild animals that kill humans, resulting in the animals themselves being put down despite the fact that they are just reacting to their instincts. In Indonesia, the killing of a local man by a crocodile spurred the action of his entire village to “revenge kill” almost 300 crocodiles, adults and babies alike. For an endangered species like the crocodile, this kind of senseless act is not something that can be afforded. Sadly, it is not even likely for the perpetrators to face ramifications for their awful criminal act.

This is something we’ve seen time and again, from stingray attacks after Steve Irwin’s death to Harambe (the gorilla), acting on his usual instincts and receiving capital punishment for his actions. Endangered animals, in fact all animals, need to be treated with utmost respect for them to survive in this difficult world.