Rhinos are mercilessly being slaughtered and poached in Africa for their horns. They are gunned down and their horns hacked off, often while they are still conscious, and all for greed and status. The rhino horns have no medicinal value whatsoever, it is similar to someone chewing their own nails. The only reason these magnificent beasts are vanishing from our world is because of greed. There is no desperate need for the horn, there is no reasonable or even understandable need, all it comes down to is the pathetic scramble for standing.
Even though hundreds of people are doing their best to try and save this majestic creature from extinction, the poachers still manage to have the upper hand. This is attributed to ‘ineffective systems, lack of political will and sheer negligence’ (stoprhinopoaching.com).
Already, within 6 months, 432 rhinos have been poached in Southern Africa. These numbers are rising daily and the battle to save our beautiful icon seems all but lost.
While in Africa recently, I managed to get a few beautiful pictures of these gentle giants. My heart breaks for their fading numbers and I pray that somehow they will still be here in fifty years time and far beyond that.
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