South Africa – Rhino poaching is an evil action carried out on animals for one reason only, and that is financial gain. To expose the corruption behind this evil deed, the media must promote public awareness of these dreadful acts. The exposing of the corruption will hopefully save the Rhino, which is disappearing.
The Black Rhino is endangered, and the white rhinoceros is closely following with possible complete eradication. It is believed that in South Africa, this year alone, more than four hundred rhino’s have been slaughtered for their horns.
Perhaps we need to remember how valuable the rhinoceros is and assess the actual dehorning process. The female rhino need their horn to push the baby rhino to its feet, and without the horn; this becomes a difficult task for the new mother to do. The Rhino species have proven to play a vital role within its environment and without their contribution, different plants and creatures could suffer. The rhinos are mega-herbivores and have a tremendous effect on the environment.
Using their horns, they explode thick bush and trees to clear a path for different creatures. The rhino waste increases soil nutrition and structure. They use their horns to burrow and make trenches to secure pools of water, which in turn helps other creatures to survive.
There are different techniques utilized to dehorn the rhino and often poachers use extreme destructive methods and cause the animal to suffer a great deal of anxiety. Then when the horn has been removed, they no longer have a defense element. The dehorning process is a continuous system. Legal hunters of the rhino dehorn the animal using an approved method and ensuring that there is minimal trauma. A stub of the horn is left behind and treated to prevent damage as new horns grow back.
The sad fact is that rhinos are still poached with or without horn and often the stub left behind is ripped off in a shocking manner causing considerable trauma to the animal. Even though the stub is not as valuable as the full horn, the poachers will remove this as there is still a decent value attached.
Rhino horn is a profitable product in Asian countries and used for medication to treat various ailments. It is also regarded as a status symbol among the wealthy. China is currently the largest consumer of rhino horn and various illegal methods continue to spark controversy around the world.
The sad fact is that with all the public awareness and the dedication of numerous people working to end rhino poaching, we cannot stop the corruption behind this act. In Zimbabwe, the rhino are almost nonexistent and now the South African rhino is on the verge of becoming extinct. Eradicating the evil behind the poaching must take precedence; this will undoubtedly have a significant impact on saving the rhino.
Accountability from the government is urgently required, and this could result in public servants, including police officers, being exposed for accepting bribes from poachers. There are citizens in South Africa who are afraid to speak up and expose the poachers. Harassment and intimidation are a horrifying reality for the people. They want to remain silent and stay alive.
Until there is a genuine interest from government and the commitment of safety toward its people, only then will we overcome the evil and wicked action of rhino poaching.
Written by Laura Oneale