Sorry. Sorry, but I really have to say something about this.
If you feel this way, then you really don’t understand what conservation entails. Who’s responsible for the devastation and degradation of the planet, for the most part? Humans. Yes. So how do we fix these problems? By fixing the root of the problem: HUMANS.
You can make all the laws banning hunting/fishing/otherwise killing certain species of animals you want, but if you don’t fix the fact that finning sharks, for instance, is the only source of income a person/family/maybe an entire community has, is the only thing standing between these people and utter starvation, your laws won’t mean jack, because these people will risk breaking the law in order to survive. And then they are demonized for doing what any sane person would do, and has every right to do—make a living.
We NEED to care about human rights if we are to care about animal conservation. We need to create a better quality of life for people in some of these countries. We need to work with them to find sustainable alternatives for their ways of life. We need to find ways to make these sustainable lifestyles more advantageous to people so they will care about preserving the natural world around them, and willingly choose these practices over devastating poaching practices.
If your answer to this is “then we should just wipe out humanity” well… no. No, no, and no. It’s easy to forget, with our cities and computers and internet and smartphones, but humans ARE IN FACT a part of nature. We evolved from the same primordial ooze as everything else and we have every bit as much of a right to exist on this planet as other animals. Maybe we’ve made a mess of things, but… it’s not like the planet was always a happy, healthy, stable place to live until we came along and ruined it. There have been devastating natural catastrophes throughout the history of evolution, events causing mass extinctions and severely altering the face of the planet. Humans, being a natural evolutionary occurrence, could be considered another natural disaster. But we’re a natural disaster with a brain and the ability to see problems and fix them.
We are the problem, yes, but then we just need to fix ourselves if we are going to fix anything else.