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The Dirty Secret Behind Rhino Horn Consumption


Animals  (tags: south africa, government, rhino, rhinoceros, macpherson, fungus, fungi, endangered species, wildlife, asia, india, petition, nail biting, rhino horn capsules, kenya, elephant, poaching, human hair, myth, fountain of youth, aphrodisiac, keratin )

Deb
- 1129 days ago - bellaonline.com
It is time to dispel the myths of rhinoceros horn being an effective aphrodisiac and the purported fountain of youth. Let us shed light on how our ignorance is killing off an endangered species.



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. (1)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:11 am
Noted. Thank you Deb.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:13 am
Signed! ...thankyou for your article Deb and thanks to several Our friend Jill sent last week, I now have a clearer understanding the whos and hows are behind the poaching...very overwhelming and the indivigual governments in Africa really need to step up to the plate.
 

Farah Hage Ali (156)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:16 am
noted and signed, thank you
 

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:52 am
The sexually weak will always be lame no matter what they buy. (It's between the ears, not legs, that really matters.) The government involving themselves in this outrageous rip-off reminds me of the GOP here in US. Anything, no matter the "cost" for a buck.
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:57 am
Thank you Deb.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 8:33 am
Noted and already signed. Thanks Deb.
 

Patricia G. (110)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 8:34 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Constance F. (433)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 9:05 am
Thank you for posting. Petition signed July 14. Unfortunately, every one here knows that there is no medicinal value in eating parts of animals (Rhino horns in this case). Many plant formulas that have been researched and proven effective can be used for medicinal purposes; however, education is not only needed, because it's there. For centuries, people of all cultures have used plant formulas. Tragically, part of the issue here is the perception of animals and their worth. They are not perceived as a vital part of our world, nor of equal worth to humans - exploitation, greed and a complete lack of evolution and ethical progress on the part of human beings. Period. We have a long, long, way to go. I am quite bereft.
 

william Miller (82)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 9:50 am
thanks
 

Shirley S. (174)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 10:01 am
Already signed on July 16th.TY
 

tracey p. (84)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 10:07 am
noted and signed. I am horrified that ANY legal hunting of the world's rhino populations. i feel distraught that the rhinos we have left are seen as a fair target for idiots with guns. Maybe we should remove as much of their horns as is painless for the animals on a regular basis, to prevent them being targets for bloodthirsty morons. Having read that Elle Macpherson has taken rhino horn...I am incensed. Is she so disgustingly vain that she believes her'beauty' is worth the possible extinction of a species. She is a vile and deluded individual. There is nothing beautiful about her. The rhinos are more beautiful, and much more important than this jumped up nobody who believes she is so special.
 

Patricia Cannell (748)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 10:11 am
Signed July 15th. This is truly sickening. What more needs to be said? Noted - Thanks for posting Deb.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:06 pm
and i read yesterday that china is farming rhinos now for their small penises...
 

KrassiAWAY B. (175)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:55 pm
Agree with Constance: We have a long, long, way to go. Noted and signed, thank you Deb for posting.
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 12:57 pm
Hello Deb, Noted and been signed. Thank you.
 

Toni C. (508)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 3:13 pm
Noted and signed... thanks for the article. I think most of us in the Western Hemisphere don't believe rhino horn benefits anyone other than the rhino, but there are also things made out of rhino horn that's bringing a very high price on the market. On the Antiques Roadshow a man came in with cups made of rhino horn and they had the estimated value of $1.5 million... I saw another show where a man took rhino horn jewelry in to be appraised and it also was worth a lot... don't remember the appraisal price but I could live quite well for a year from the sale.. So long as there's this kin dof market, it's going to be difficult to stop the poaching. .
Ooops, perhaps I was wrong about the people of the Western Hemisphere... I hadn't read Tracey's comment about Elle Macpherson!
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 3:24 pm
The myths of rhinoceros horn being an effective aphrodisiac and the purported fountain of youth is just that - a myth! And a very 'lame' excuse for disgusting behaviour of so-called 'educated' homo sapiens!! By such filthy actions they keep the 'market' alive as well! Removal of the horns have also been considered in SA but the poachers use extremely sophisticated methods and stop at nothing.
 

as s. (201)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 4:21 pm
Educating the ignorant and changing a culture is not an easy thing to do. It take money, volunteers, and the hardest of all - the willingness of the people to learn.
 

Terry King (108)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 5:39 pm
Truly a prime example of criminal stupidity, ignorance, and superstition!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 6:41 pm
Ignorance can be very profitable! Signed and noted. Thanks for posting, Deb!
 

Joan for Peace (441)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 7:38 pm
signed july 15, makes me sick to see a rhino down and mutalated
 

Kim O. (403)
Tuesday July 26, 2011, 9:43 pm
Noted and signed! Thanks Deb. This horrible waste has to stop!!!
 

Elsie Au (266)
Wednesday July 27, 2011, 1:37 am
Thanks Deb for the article. Petition signed. When we combine ignorant people (one who still believe in benefit of eating rhino horn) with greedy people (one who gonna do anyting to get money, even killing all the innocent animals), the result is tragic. I think we need to stop both part, better education and also much stronger law to punish poachers. Farming rhino is not a good answer as it is also a form of abuse and it kind of support the idea of eating their horn...
 

Danuta Watola (1195)
Wednesday July 27, 2011, 4:00 am
noted
 

Carlene V. (203)
Wednesday July 27, 2011, 7:48 am
Thanks deb, already signed this one and wish we could get this horrific practice stopped.
 

Birgitta S. (230)
Wednesday July 27, 2011, 11:42 am
TY Deb.
already signed for Rhinos
 

Nancy C. (798)
Sunday July 31, 2011, 8:05 pm
gone, thanx Deb
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:53 pm
When all the rhinos and elephants are dead - what are these evil savaging people going to kill next.
 

SANDRA R. (146)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 3:02 am
Noted and already signed. Thank you Deb.
 
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