The misconception and mystical belief about rhino horn is the main cause for rhino poaching.
A few weeks ago i worked on a college Research Paper. My topic was related to Wildlife conservation and during the research i came across some many terrifying truths about Rhino hunting. The images were shocking and very disturbing. I was ashamed… ashamed of my race.
We humans, are also animals. But why do we study, learn and remain civilized? We do that order to tame that wild animal that lives inside of us. We use our intelligence, our knowledge and our power of judgement to make better choices and these are the very sole reason as to why WE are the superior race. We have the power to make the right choices and the power to look after this planet and its other beings.
But like everything goes wrong, well, i believe WE have also gone wrong. Very wrong indeed. Drunk with power of superiority we exploit, we dominate. It just makes me sad to see how we are so modern and developed in our lifestyle today but we still remain ignorant and barbaric inside our hearts.
Rhinos are hunted down for almost the same reasons why other animals are hunted. They have something of human interest and fascination.
“Oooh! The Tigers have such pretty furs and don’t get me started on how delicious the shark fin soup tastes!”
“Oooh! These rihnos, they have these horns that have medicinal properties. We can cure our people by killing it. After all our lives are the more important!
Dr. Albert Lim Kok Hooi, a consulting oncologist based in Kuala Lumpur, took the bold initiative to speak out publicly against the use of rhino horn as a medicine. The following is an excerpt from Dr.Hooi’s article.
Li Shih Chen’s 1597 materia medica (translated by Bernard Read in 1931) listed the following ailments, amongst others, where the rhino horn is useful, “devil possession, keep away evil spirits and miasmas, gelsemium poisoning, hallucinations, bewitching nightmares, intermittent twitches with delirium, loss of vision, calming the liver, fear, anxiety, arthritis, loss of voice, typhoid, headache, fever”.
To all this, I say that something that works for everything usually works for nothing. I also say that something that has been used for hundreds or thousands of years does not make it right.
Rhino horn contains no medicinal properties. Rhino horn, like fingernails, is made of agglutinated hair and has no analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmolytic nor diuretic properties. No bactericidal effect could be found against suppuration and intestinal bacteria. Essentially, ingesting rhino horn is the same as chewing your own fingernails.
The whole sad story of killing the rhino for its horn is not only criminal, it is cruel, immoral and
unforgiveably, without any scientific basis.
Very recently in October 2011, the Vietnamese Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus) was declared extinct. Rhino poaching has been in news for quite a while now and many organizations that look after rhino protection have been started. And it makes me proud to read articles about the positive changes that can been seen regarding the issue. But, the problem is vast and it will take time. Also better strategies have to be formulated and then properly applied. All the bigger and smaller organizations are doing what they should but they need us. Our support and our co-operation. They need out understanding and our feedback.
You can facebook and watch videos on youtube for hours and hours but can’t you find time to type at least one significant word on the search engine that means more than ‘facebook’ or ‘Robert Pattinson Dating’ or ‘Pitbull videos’?
You make others read and understand
You take part in building a more aware society and a better and a wiser world.
This is a very simple cycle.
You know, your responsibility is not only to become a good dad or a good son, a good wife or a good friend but your biggest responsibility is to become a good human. And i believe that each one of us have the potential to become one.
Please stay aware, spread awareness and help bulid a better world!
And finally as they say a picture speaks a thousand words.