Kill A Rhino A Day For Fast-Track Extinction

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:36 AM
May 16, 2011

Like most non-human animals on earth, rhinoceroses are an endangered species.  But as if the usual enemies––i.e. deforestation, loss of habitat, other animal predators, pollution from toxic waste and pesticides––were not enough, these multi-ton animals are slaughtered because some people will pay enormous prices for rhino horns.  Whether their prey rhinos living in Asia or Africa, rhino hunters do not care.  Nor do they care which type of rhino they kill––The Asian One-Horned Rhino, The White Rhino, The Black Rhino, The Javan Rhino, and the Sumatran Rhino.  Poachers kill rhinos for the animals’ horns.  With inhumane cruelty, these hunters cut off each horn because they can get thousands of dollars for it in parts of Asia and especially in China, the main importer of the item.

 The situation is so dire that in some countries officials medically dehorn their rhinos to protect them from poachers.  Of course some poachers simply drug the animals and cut off their horns, living them alive to suffer and die alone in the wild.  Another country, Nepal is trying to round-up all the endangered one-horned Asian rhinoceroses so they can move them to more protected sites.  But experience has shown that hunters still illegally enter these sites to hunt rhinos.  In South Africa, where some 300 rhinos are hunted down and dehorned each year, police now vigorously hunt down and jail rhino poachers.  Last February in a gun fight with these criminals, police shot and killed five of them.

 Such hunters risk their lives for an animal’s horn, because of the growing demand for these horns in Asia.  Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) use the horns to treat fever, other serious ailments, antidotes, for energy enhancers, and especially as aphrodisiacs.  But Western-based scientific research at the Zoological Society of London, and even at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, have proven that the rhino horn has absolutely no therapeutic value, that it would take huge doses of rhino horn to slightly lower fever temperatures in mice.

 But no matter!  Asian TCM “healers” have no plans to stop the practice of paying thousands of any currency for rhino horns.  While admitting that herbalists should protect endangered animals, one TCM black market trader said recently, “. . . we are equally obliged to use these antidotes to cure the patients. In my opinion, human lives are much more important than those of the animals.” 

 How arrogant!  God decided to keep the rhino species alive, along with men and women, on Noah’s ark (“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female (Genesis 6: 19).”  Now, people presume the right to kill rhinos and other animals as they see fit.  Indeed Bible prophecies both demand and promise that swift, definite and eternal judgment is coming, if there is no practiced repentance, for such egregious disregard for God’s obvious and direct will.

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