Rhino Poaching Crisis is Harming the Poachers
Recently, rhino poaching has been spoken about a lot worldwide.
One of many rhino news stories being about The Rhino Rescue Project, as they have been “devaluing horns” for the last four years by dying them or drugging them with anti-parasite drugs – both being none visible and harmless to the rhinos. Although, the people using the horns for Asian medicines may not get off so lightly.
The Rhino Rescue does all they can to protect these beautiful creatures, as they work on behalf of game reserves and wildlife parks – protecting the rhinos from the poachers.
Rhinos are very expensive creatures, costing owners a large $20,000 because of wildlife tourism popularity. But, on the Asian black market, one singular rhino horn sells for ten times as much, which is why rhinos are becoming more and more extinct, as they’re targeted by the poachers, sadly because of financial reasons.
Javan and Sumatran rhinos are sadly, very, nearly endangered. There are less than 100 rhinos in both species left in the wild, although local conservation projects are trying their hardest to breed these beautiful creatures to prevent extinction from occurring.
Javan rhinos are the most extinct rhinos. They have a single horn, which is 10 inches long. Not only are they becoming extinct because of poaching, but also diseases, which have been spreading to wild cattle.
This is why the Rhino Rescue Project has come up with this “devaluing horns” initiative – which has mixed reviews from the public.
If poachers get hold of these spiked horns, they may find themselves suffering with severe headaches, diarrhea and sickness – which may lead to having effects on the nervous system.
The idea being that people poaching won’t want to poach rhinos anymore, because of the risk factor – it’s to put doubt in horn buyers and poachers mind.
The project has been highly criticized by government organizations, because of the effect it has on us humans.