The wealthy want them as luxury status symbols.
The sick want them for their medicinal properties. It is believed that crushed rhino horn can work wonders -- from curing hangovers (now that's important) to curing gout to reducing fevers. Whatever.
|Photo courtesy of Yathin S Krishnappa
Sadly, as a result of extreme greed, the number of African black rhinos in the wild has fallen from close to a half a million 100 years ago to a mere 4,000 or so now. Every year, more than 1,000 rhinos are killed for their horns. And rhino calves are unable to survive without their mothers until they are 3 years old. That means, many young rhinos are dying due to the senseless slaughter of their mothers. For what? A luxury status symbol. That makes me want to puke. I seriously could not carry on a civil conversation with someone who owned such a thing.
The black rhinos in Africa are facing extinction. Why should that matter? I like what Billy Graham said about it: "To drive to extinction something He has created is wrong. He has a purpose for everything..." When we cause the extinction of a species of animals due to our greed and selfishness, there must be environmental consequences of some kind. The eco-system is disrupted.
What can we do about it? I'm not sure. But I wanted to make you aware of the issue so you can voice your opinion if the subject arises.
Keeping your informed,