“Rivaling the price of gold on the black market, rhino horn is at the center of a bloody poaching battle,” says National Geographic journalist Peter Gwin. 281 rhinos have already been slaughtered thus far this year, reports TRAFFIC, a Global wildlife monitoring network, and by the end of the year, it predicts over 500 more will be murdered.
The good news is that recently at least one of the rhino dealers has been brought to justice and his story is particularly compelling.
Double-crossing antiques dealer David Hausman of New York posed as an advocate for the rhinocer0us but then in the end showed his true colors. He actually tipped off the authorities about an illegal sale of rhino horns and afterward tried to secretly buy the horns himself. He currently faces up to two years in prison. Hopefully, his fate will be a warning to other dealers.
However, he is just one of many who need to be stopped. Please take the time to sign the Rhino Poaching petition and stand up against this atrocity:
The facts are clear. Poaching is undoing decades of rhino conservation success and putting African rhinos on the fast track to extinction.
Fact: Africa used to support hundreds of thousands of black and white rhinos. Today, there are fewer than 25,000 of both species.
Fact: Rhino poaching is up 3,346 percent since 2007 — an all time high. Last year, 448 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone.
Fact: Every day, two more rhinos are murdered for their horn, a coveted resource for poachers.
We’ve brought rhinos back from the verge of extinction before. With your help, we can do it again.
Photo Credit: Jim Epler