Today I am breaking my rule of using only my own photos – it’s for a good cause.
You’d have to be living in a cave to not have heard that the world’s rhino population is fast dwindling. At the current rate of poaching (killing, butchering, murdering) these magnificent creatures will soon be extinct. Future generations will have only photos and movies and will ask why we allowed this to happen.
Sadly, there are people in certain cultures who believe the horn of a rhino has beneficial purposes and/or is equal to Viagra. This has never been proved to be correct. Even if it was correct, let’s just assume, then there would be better ways to obtain the powdered horn than to butcher a harmless creature and leave it bleed to death, often in front of its young.
The government of South Africa and the WWF are trying to convince certain countries’ governments to cooperate in fighting the war against poaching rhinos but it’s a long battle and might be too late. It’s a huge task to change the firm mindset of people who have blind faith in something and who regard its use as a status symbol. These people will pay large sums of money for a small quantity, and they take advantage of poverty to pay poachers peanuts. It is always the poacher who lands up behind bars, not the real culprit. The next animal on the list will be elephants.
23 September is World Rhino Day and the WWF is asking everyone who cares to raise awareness and pledge support by tweeting as much as possible with the hash-tag #iam4rhinos. Click on this link to see the progress … the red shows how many tweets have been reached.
I am a cynic with little faith in blind awareness campaigns. That’s why my Facebook page will never show those absurd cancer and depression/whatever posts – they serve no purpose and are just a waste of time, and the implied blackmail that ‘only true friends will do this’ is a big no-no.
But this rhino awareness campaign has touched me. I have seen photos of butchered rhinos bleeding to death, I have heard the sobs of game rangers who find them, and it has to stop.
If you have a twitter account please go and tweet a few times – do it for the rhinos, not for my friendship!
#iam4rhinos – are you?