22 Sep '11, 3am

Make Every Day A Rhino Day | Care2 Causes

Make Every Day A Rhino Day | Care2 Causes

September 22nd is Rhino Day – a day to highlight the threat this magnificent species is facing from poachers prepared to hunt down grown animals, hack off their horns and sell them to a market, based mostly in East Asia, which peddles powdered rhino horn as a “traditional medicine” and as an aphrodisiac at astronomical prices. I’ve written about the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa , the country that is home to the vast majority of the world’s remaining wild rhino population, before. Since January, poachers have butchered more than 280 rhinos in the country and the battle to defend both black and white rhinos in national parks and private game reserves continues. In August, several rhinos, including a pregnant animal, were poached and dehorned on game farms in Limpopo Province. In the same month, one man was shot dead and six others arrested when police foiled two...

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