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Murderous Slaughter of Rhinos Driving Them to Extinction

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:57 PM
November 21, 2011

 The slaughter of rhinos for the purpose of selling their horns on an illegal market for enhancement of sexual pleasures has gone high-tech.  Systematized killing of these helpless animals not only drives them to extinction, it illustrates the helplessness of international diplomacy and law enforcement to stop one tiny nation from lusting after horns of animals made helpless by modern technology.

 In order to meet the shocking demand for these horns in Vietnam, at a rate of almost one a day, more rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first 10 months of this year, than the 333 that were poached in all of 2010.

 South African authorities arrested some 214 rhino poachers between April 2010 and March of this year, and another 16 were killed during battles with wildlife officials in the same time period.  But poachers are willing to even risk death to obtain the bounty some in Asia are willing to pay for these animal horns.

 In order to avoid armies of military and police units, criminal networks use highly sophisticated technology, deploying helicopters, night-vision scopes, tranquilizers and silencing drugs to hunt down and kill these animals after dark.

 Dr. Joseph Okori, African Rhino Program Manager for the World Wildlife Federation, argues: “This is not typical poaching.  The criminal syndicates operating in South Africa are highly organized and use advanced technologies.  They are very well organized.” Apparently, the hacked-off horns of suffering and dying rhinos fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on illegal Asian markets.

 Wildlife experts already lament that the black rhinoceros is now extinct.  But every other species of the animal is also under attack.  In the last 12 years, poachers have killed a thousand rhinos in South Africa, which has the largest population of these animals in the world.

 According to AFP International News, “Central Africa’s northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is listed as ‘possibly extinct in the wild,’ while the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is making a last stand after the remaining specimen of its Vietnamese counterpart was killed by poachers last year.”

 In addition to supposed sexual enhancement that rhinoceros horns are said to possess, Vietnam and other Asian apothecaries claim the horns have cancer-curing properties––although no scientific medical evidence supports these claims.  Other countries in the Middle East crave the horns for making dagger handles.

 As Simon Stuart of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature laments, “Human beings are stewards of the earth and we are responsible for protecting the species that share our environment.”  Bible prophecies make clear that such heinous drives to kill for money satiates evil:  “For the love of money is the root of all evil:. . .1 Timothy 6: 10).”  To destroy what God creates is Satan’s main ambition!  But if man does not protect that creation, only judgment awaits!

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