South Africa: Rhino Poaching on the Rise

Rhino Poaching  Horn

In honour of “World Rhino Day” (which was September 22), here is some depressing rhino poaching news: a record 688 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in 2013.

Yes, 2013 is not a good year for rhinos. In fact, it’s been the bloodiest year yet for them. There are about 18,000 white and 4,000 black rhinos in the South Africa but with the dramatic increase in rhino poaching their numbers are dwindling.

Demand for rhino horns is being largely driven by Asian markets (especially Vietnam) who view the horn as a status symbol and something that can magically cure diseases (spoiler alert: rhino horns have no medicinal uses… or any other kind of use… they are useless… stop poaching them).

The Guardian reports that a survey of 720 people in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City found that typical buyers were “educated, successful and powerful individuals” and use rhino horn as currency in networking. Networking?!? Get a golf membership or a Facebook account and stop driving a species into extinction!

Anyways, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) is all over this sh*t and has coordinated the #iam4rhinos campaign in conjunction with ‘World Rhino Day’ – because everyone knows that liking things on Facebook and tweeting hashtags will 100% solve the issue at hand. Now here’s a video that all Vietnamese people should watch:

Via: The Guardian

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