The fight against rhino poaching: What can you do to help?



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Since 2008, over 1 500 rhinos have been killed by poachers, and this number is rising rapidly each year. South Africa is home to about 80% of the planet’s rhinos, and as the intensity of rhino poaching increases, so does the danger of rhinos becoming extinct.

It is believed, mainly in Asian countries, that the rhino horn has magical healing properties and, when ground into a powder, can cure many ailments from vomiting to cancer. Rhino horn is composed of protein keratin, which is also the main component in fingernails, hair and animal hooves. Swiss global health-care company, Hoffmann-La Roche, conducted scientific evidence which proves that there are absolutely no changes in patients who have ingested rhino horn yet these traditional beliefs seem to hold strong. Rhino horn is being sold on the black market for $35 000 per kilogramme, Ronald M. Nowak writes in his book ‘Walker’s Mammals of the World’.

The rhino horn is a necessity for the rhino’s survival in the wild. It serves as a weapon of self-defense and to dig into the ground and uncover food. Mother rhinos use their horns to guide their babies around. The rhino horn is also very important when trying to attract a suitable mate.

The horns are removed from these animals in such a brutal way that it often leads to their painful death.

It is important to spread awareness about the plight of the rhinos by way of education and understanding. People need to understand these horns cannot be used to cure diseases. Even if they could, in this day and age, we have a great deal of medicine that would be a lot more effective. If we don’t spread the word and act now, we stand the risk of losing rhinos forever.

Please have a look at the links below and find out which of these many charity organisations you can contribute to. Any contribution, however big or small, will work towards saving the lives and legacy of these beautiful creatures.

http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com/

http://rhinoseday.com/

http://www.rhinoforce.co.za/

http://www.savetherhino.org/

http://www.rhinos.org/

http://www.investec.co.za/about-investec/sustainability/planet/investec-rhino-lifeline.html

What are you doing to help save our rhinos?

23 Comments

  1. Nicolus Mthombeni

    I heard that there are poachers who have jailed for five year,you knw thats bullshit.thats people will come after that five year that again and again,i also say rangers should shoot to kill.

  2. Melanie

    Another worthy website to look at is http://www.bushstraps.co.za

    I recently purchased my son one of their red and gray rope bracelets and it is definitely value for money and funds raised goes towards our endangered Rhino’s as well…..

    We all need to stand united and help these animals — Let’s do this!

    • berendine

      they are so beutiful i would like to think that my grand and great grandchildren will still be able to see them in the wild and not in zoos as for the poachers shoot them on the spot

  3. juanita Yorke

    We can anonymously report any information regarding this to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or sms crime line on 32211 web http://www.crimeline.co.za Any information no matter how small can make a break through in a case as it might be the missing puzzle piece that the police are looking for to solve the case. Remember the world suffers not from bad people, but from the silence of good people. Youre the voice of the rhino so shout it out there and phone Crime Stop and save the rhinos. Make that difference. God Bless you.

  4. 1. Impose a tax on carriers to / from FE/Vietnam
    2. With the money earned, place a “bounty” on their (poachers)head’s
    3. That will bring out all the informers!

  5. DonaLee Theobald

    It is a “mad, mad world” – I must say that I don’t think will stop in a hurry. Greed makes people so so ugly.

  6. Estelle

    They must get life sentence when they catch the poachers

  7. bonnie nkoana

    the government should be more involved in potecting our heritage

  8. Virginia Greenwood-Warner

    The rangers should shoot to kill anyone they see – enough being the “Nice Guys”

  9. Why r day killing our rhino’s nd hw wil thy feel if we kill panda?So stop killing our rhino thy r impotend to us the same as ur panda

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