Vietnam is home to illegal rhino horn distribution and home to dog and cat meat. Rhino horn and dog meat are both used for identical purposes: false medicine and boosting male libido. Dogs and cats are tortured to death and rhinos are mercilessly hacked, leaving them to die a slow agonized death.
Consumers of dog and cat meat don’t care about animal welfare and neither do consumers of rhino horn. They don’t care about loss of rhino life or human life when rangers are killed by poachers, so appealing to their better nature is a waste of time. Rhino Rescue Project say the only way to stop them consuming the horn is to trigger health anxiety – the fear of ingesting contaminated horn.
Similarly, begging dog and cat eaters not to eat companion animals because they are “cute” is meaningless. One way to stop dog and cat meat consumers is to create health anxiety – fear of ingesting contaminated meat.
Poaching is on the rise in Africa, driven by demand from Vietnam and China where rhino horn, used in traditional medicine, can sell for about $84,000 a kilogram, according to estimates by conservationists. About 1300 rhino were killed illegally in Africa last year, leaving African rhinos balancing on the brink of extinction.
Trade in rhino horn is illegal, and anyone who knowingly purchases and consumes rhino horn is involved in criminal activity, even if the use of rhino horn in some countries such as Vietnam and China is deemed culturally acceptable. It is still illegal.
“In Vietnam, rhino horn is the new status symbol. More expensive than cocaine and just as illegal. The growing newly rich believe consuming the horns can cure anything from hangovers to impotence. It doesn’t. This unprecedented demand was leaving rhinos butchered, dying in agony, and on the verge of total extinction. To help protect the species, we had to kill the rhino-horn trade itself, turning rhino horn from a priceless status symbol, into worthless poison.” says Rhino Rescue Project (RRP.)
RRP have pioneered a method to save rhinos by devaluing the rhino’s horn from the consumer’s perspective. Vietnam and China cannot get enough rhino horn and unless demand is drastically reduced, rhino populations will dive into rapid decline from 2016, with no way to protect the rhino.
A year ago Rhino Rescue Project were given the opportunity to perform their new horn treatment procedure live, via satellite for a group of 30 Vietnamese journalists. Please view the prestigious gold award winning APAC Effie Awards Gala 2016 video:
There is no risk to the animal from the procedure, only the normal risk associated with immobilization of large animals like rhinos. To date, losses of treated rhinos (to poaching or otherwise) total less than 2% of all animals treated.
The treatment administered to RRP’s rhinos is no joke. It is not a mock-up. It is as real as poaching and its consequences can be every bit as devastating. If individuals still proceed in the harvesting, sale, purchase and consumption of rhino horn, having been informed that it could potentially pose serious health risks, they do so at their peril, say RRP.
Rhinos have no other way of defending themselves against the greed and ruthlessness of humans.
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