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Rhino Poaching Continues In Shameful Numbers

Updated on December 29, 2014

A Sad Tale

The numbers are staggering. In 1900 there were an estimated 500,000 rhinos on Earth. By 1970 that number had dropped to 70,000. Today there are no more than 29,000 of these magnificent creatures remaining, and despite international protection as an endangered species, the number continues to fall.

There are five rhino species on this planet and their current numbers are as follows:

· White Rhino….20,165

· Black Rhino….. 4,880

· Asian Rhino……2,850

· Sumatran…………200

· Javan………………50

Before we begin our discussion about the depletion of the rhino, let us first describe this animal and look at its natural habitat.

The Rhinoceros

Officially belonging to the family Rhinocerotidae, the Rhino is characterized by their large size and their herbivorous diet. They will regularly grow to one ton or more, and they are protected by a rather thick skin formed by layers of collagen.

They have a relatively small brain and will survive on a diet of leafy materials primarily, although their hindgut allows them to ferment more fibrous plantlife if necessary.

They are valued for their horns, which are not ivory as many believe, but rather a form of keratin, which is the same type of protein found in hair and fingernails. The African and Sumatran Rhinos have two horns while the Indian and Javan Rhinos have one.

HABITAT

The black rhino and white rhino live in the southern and eastern section of Africa. The white can be found primarily on the savannahs where tall grasses provide the bulk of their diet. The black rhinos live more in tropical bushlands, but some can be found near savannahs as well.

The Indian rhinos are found along the floodplains of rivers that have grasslands, and the majority of them now are located in Northern India and Nepal. The Sumatran rhino favors rainforests but is also found in dense forests at higher elevations, and the Javan rhino, almost completely gone, can only be found at Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park.

All rhinos must be near a water source; the black rhino is most in need of water and will never roam more than an easy walking distance from water.

Why Are They Being Killed?

Vietnam, China and money are the reasons for the disappearance of these creatures. The people of Vietnam and China believe that the horn of the rhino has great restorative powers when used as a medicine. It is believed that the horn, when ground up and mixed with water or alcohol, is a remedy for many ailments including a hangover and cancer; it is also considered a great general health tonic that enhances longer life.

As recently as 2007, rhinos were relatively safe, as international law made it illegal to hunt these animals. Unfortunately, at about that time restrictions greatly hindered black market profiteers who were making millions of dollars on the sale of elephant tusks. When that supply of illegal funds dried up, the profiteers turned their attention to the rhinoceros. In effect, because there are a limited number of officials who can protect wild animals, one species was protected and another sacrificed.

In 2007 only 13 rhinos were poached. That number increased in 2011 to 448 and so far in 2012 there have been 515 rhinos poached.

A well-established black market pipeline is now functioning smoothly, and it includes drugs, diamonds, rhino horns, andhuman trafficking, all being shipped between Africa, Vietnam and other Asian nations. Recently Hong Kong officials seized 33 rhino horns and hundreds of ivory products, all worth $2 million.

The price of rhino horns is now at $63,375 per kilogram, more than the price of gold.

So what is happening? Why is China now a major player in this smuggling ring?

Many consider it a natural by-product of the increase in Chinese nationals now living and working in Kenya. The other factor, and most likely the major reason for this increase in smuggling, is that China has become the largest trading partner in South Africa. In 2009 China invested $1.1 billion in the sub-Saharan countries and that figure continues to increase. China has, in fact, become the new colonizer in Africa, and their influence cannot be ignored when speaking about matters such as poaching.

What Happens Next?

The rhino has become somewhat of a political football as nations try to convince China and Vietnam that this poaching must stop. Still, when billions of dollars are at stake, and when organized crime is involved, the political process will undoubtedly be a very slow process indeed. It must also be noted that when countries attempt to tell China what to do, rarely are those demands met with favorable results. Diplomacy appears to be the only logical route at this time.

In the meantime, the rhino numbers are diminishing at an alarming rate, and fortunes continue to be made. One can only hope that the rhinos can survive long enough for man to do the right thing.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Think poachers kill animals out of necessity...they resort to it because of the starving mouths they have to feed. What they need is a better support system and education....and an introduction to a different job (that is, after spending half their lives in jail). LOL! This time I've made it!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Great information here. Between rhinos, elephants and koalas, those are three species of animals that I truly hope humans don't wipe out. Pandas, polar bears, and countless other species are also at risk. I will NEVER understand how we humans can be so callous in our disregard for life. I will NEVER understand how we've become a dominant species that doesn't care one way or another what happens to animals AND plants. I include all humans because even the ones who would never think of hurting an animal - including me - still have a responsibility to try to educate others about the atrocities of animal endangerment. You're a model citizen, Bill and you're doing your part by calling attention to this. Big Hubhugs, Big Bro. :)

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      Ardie 4 years ago

      This is heartbreaking! The rhino is such a magnificent creature - just look at it. They're huge with babyface features and cute toes. How can someone just kill this miracle machine without any thought? I know I sound like Im going a little overboard here but I LOVE me some rhino. They're one of my favoritest animals.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, this is just terrible how the Rhino is indeed being hunted and killed off for illegal and unjust purposes. I honestly knew nothing about this and do appreciate you writing about this and bringing this issue to the forefront. As always, you are really such wonderful person and pretty much a hero to be writing and letting other know what is happening here. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, as long as the horns are worth more than gold there will be people who will kill them....China needs to do its part, and Kenya needs to hold up to international standards and patrol! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I will glady accept those big hugs! Thank you lil' Sis! I am disgusted by my fellow human beings; profit and greed run this world and it is beyond my comprehension how some people live with themselves. Thank you my dear and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie is here!!!!!!! Yippee, Ardie is here!!!!! Do you know that you have always been one of my favorite Hubbers, and I never see you.....well, I'm glad you are here now. Thank you my friend; I will assume that you did not come out west this summer...>I would have loved to have met you in person.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, as with any injustice, awareness is the first step. That's my job as a writer, to bring awareness about injustice.....anyway for me, that's my role. I am always impressed by your compassion and caring spirit. Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I got my lesson on Rhinos. I hate any injustice to animals. I like when you bring so many things out in the open that I have not been aware of. Nature put animals in our world for a reason and certainly not to kill them unjustly. Great hub and voted UP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol; man's careless waste of nature disgusts me, and I can do my part by bringing awareness to others....I appreciate your caring spirit.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Well Bill, what's gonna happen to Chinese and Vietmaese when they run out of supplies? I think there is more than black market and organized crime, is just the degradation of the human race. Rhinos would beat the s*** out of them if they had a chance. Thanks for the lesson my friend. I can suggest a hub on whales and Japanese traditions...

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is so sad and such a tragedy! I too hope that these magnificent animals will not become extinct simply because they are killed for their horns. Humankind has much to learn from animals sharing this small planet. Up, useful and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I feel a series coming on....next will be elephant ivory, and then we'll get to the whales....as for the Chinese, I'm not sure there are enough rhinos to take on the one billion Chinese, but we can always hope.

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, the cruelty and greed of man will always astound me....we seemingly have no limits when it comes to absurd behavior.

      Thank you!

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Well said Bill, Sadly, this is not the case only with rhinos. Many important species of animals and birds are decreasing at an alarming rate.

      Surely, immediate steps have to be taken! Else, we may lose them forever. Voted up :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, at this rate they may be gone within ten years....and yes, there are many species that will disappear all too soon because of man's greed.

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      This is really very sad and a testament to human frailty. As I understand it, Rhino horn is thought in China and India to be a kind of natural Viagra and thus costs a fortune as it is much sought after by med with what is referred to these days as " erectile dysfunction"-- Those who trade in Rhino horn medications make a lot of money and as usual everyone involved in the transaction is very shortsighted. Wonder what these guys will do once the Rhinos are gone? Pfizer is waiting in the wings I guess:-) Another great hub Billybuc-- bravo.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robie, there is no limit to greed....it expands exponentially, and as long as there is profit there will be those willing to do anything for that profit. This kind of thing makes me sick. Thank you my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is very interesting and thanks for bringing it to light, as I was unaware of such ongoings. Very insightful and well-written as always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith; greatly appreciated as always. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Truly it breaks my heart at the alarming rate that many animals become on the endangered species list and even sadder when they are on the extinction list.

      It is one thing if it is because of nature's natural selection but I am soooo angered when it is done strictly by greed!!!! It is time that all the greed stops or Mother Earth and all of her creatures including Humans may become extinct as well!

      Awesome Job Bill for making others aware of this!!!! All Votes (except funny) and Shared!!!!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      It is very sad that rhinoceros species is becoming extinct and being killed without any mercy. A great hub making people aware of what is happening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Patty! It breaks my heart as well. Thank you for being the caring and compassionate person that you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! it is sad indeed!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for publicizing the plight of the rhinos, Bill. Time is running out for the preservation of these wonderful animals - they need all the help they can get.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      yes they do, Alicia! Thank you for caring!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very good information about this horrible subject.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Until those living in the countries in which endangered species live learn about the risks to these animals, there will be no changes made. The fact there are increased deaths over the last few years is a huge concern. When I see these kinds of things on the news, I feel like those responsible for caring for these creatures don't have anywhere near enough support - it all seems to be done on a shoestring. Change will be very slow and maybe it will all happen too late.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Bill, I knew rhinos were endangered, but I didn't realise it was getting worse. It's so sad that protecting one species more efficiently has sped up the demise of another. I do hope that diplomacy can have an effect on the Chinese government before it's too late.

      Thanks for highlighting this.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I don't want to be maudlin, today. I choose not to be saddened by awareness of yet more cruelty. Just for today, I am an Ostrich.

      So, bill, you'll just have to take this one with a bit of compassion for me.

      Too many atrocities begin to take a toll on me........UP anyway with kudos.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Great info! Man is a menace to mother nature as greed once again enters the picture. Here in the states, the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is a hair away from also entering the endangered species list. Man's invasion into it's natural habitat, needless killing, and Rattlesnake Rodeo slaughters are doing away with nature's rodent control. Man says God is superior, yet man seems to pick and choose which of God's creatures are worth keeping. Slightly hypocritical, if you know what I mean. Great Job, my friend!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It is a shame what is happening to these magnificent animals. I would think that the shrinking environment would also account for their diminishing numbers. This poaching is criminal, if not downright evil, and all to line someone else’s pockets. It breaks my heart. Excellent hub, Bill.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      It's not just the Rhino. There are so many animals disappearing. Just one species affects all the others. As you so aptly deem in your video, it's a "downward spiral." I heard a while back fish are now being found to have excessively high caffeine levels because of all the coffee grinds we are washing away daily. I'm not sure we can stop all this now but you're right in that we sure have to try. I think we will lose some species regardless. Just look at the plight of the honeybee and what it will do to American farmers over the next ten years.

      You're passion for the environment is nothing short of inspiring. I loved the video and the Vulcan close left me with a smile. Keep pissing people off!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sandy! I'm glad to be following you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, you are so right! This is a budget problem and a greed problem and it may be too large to stop. That would indeed be sad! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Yvonne! I always appreciate you stopping by; you have been a wonderful follower and I hope I return the favor for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I truly do understand and thank you for your honesty. I always appreciate your straight-forward, no-nonsense comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I do know what you mean. I didn't know that about the rattlesnakes but it certainly does not surprise me. Maybe a hub for the future. Thank you Sir and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you actually mentioned a truth....with the elephant, part of the reason for their diminishing numbers is that they encroach on farms in Africa and the farmers shoot them. Hard to believe but true. Thank you for caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, no, it's not just the rhino. I'll do one on the elephant in a week or so. I had not heard that about the coffee grinds but it makes sense....a sad sense but sense nonetheless.

      Gee, I don't' mean to piss people off but sometimes it just happens....and you know what....too bad. :)

      Thank you my friend! When I take a break from pissing people off I know you will pick up the slack. LOl

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for bringing this awareness to us. We often to not hear of the injustice to animals, especially overseas. It is a shame that they are hunted for their horns. I don't know if their government will intervene to stop these predators.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have serious doubts if anything will be done in time. There is just too much money at stake.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I agree with Melovy - this is a sad indictment of our world. These creatures are magnificent.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They really are, Marcy! If only everyone saw that truth!

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. There are so many reasons for tears. My grandchildren will never see neighbors sitting on their stairs on a warm summer night enjoying each other's company.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, this is truly heartbreaking. Here in SA, a rhino being poached or poachers being arrested is in the news just about every other day. Personally, I don't feel that arresting these "people" is enough....they've clearly got the money and the means to get released on bail (if they're ever even caught), so what's the point? It's sickening. I didn't know about the Chinese and Vietnamese being pawns in this whole operation. Can't say I'm surprised as they don't have much respect or care for animals as a whole in their own countries.

      Hopefully there are still rhino's around for the next generation, but it's looking doubtful at this rate.

      Thanks for a brilliant article on something so important.

      Here are two websites dedicated to helping rhino's if anyone wants more info or to help in some small way:

      http://www.savetherhino.org/?gclid=CLiIx7uRlrICFcE...

      http://www.helpingrhinos.org/

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, everything comes to the almighty dollar when there is a buck to be made. I, personally, would rather go without, in order to do the right thing.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A topic so heartbreaking but sadly oh so true.

      You covered it brilliantly and here's to so ,many more to share onhere.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Isn't it a shame that man uses his superiority to wipe out entire species? Greed drives men to do horrible things to other human beings and to animals...I don't have the answers, just more questions.

      Again you provide us with knowledge and a cause. God Bless.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are so right. I loved summer nights growing up in our neighborhood. Thanks for the memories.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, thank you for weighing in on this; I was hoping someone from South Africa would have a comment since South Africa was mentioned quite often in the research I did. It is say and I do not hold out much hope for the rhinos; I think their days are definitely numbered.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Avian, greed will ruin this society if left unchecked, and it will most definitely ruin nature. I know you understand that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy; sending you warm wishes across the Pond on this lovely Sunday morning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, my answers are probably not possible in today's world, and I'm not sure there is anything to stop greed, and that is truly sad.

      Thank you my friend; enjoy your Sunday!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      It's sad to see species getting killed off around the world. Bringing it closer to home I always feel sadness when a new business park or housing development goes up and hundreds of acres of trees are wiped out. Where do all of the animals that lived there go?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, a few of them are in our backyard right now. :) The deer are everywhere here in Olympia; they have nowhere else to go. Yes, this all saddens me; the greed of man should never be under-estimated.

      Thank you my caring friend.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, I just saw a tweet from WWF - World Rhino Day is on 22 September 2012. It might not be much, but maybe we could try spreading some more awareness and try to make a small difference here? It breaks my heart that so many people are doing nothing while these defenseless animals just wait around to get butchered for their horns.

      Here's the link to support / help / spread the word if anyone is interested - http://bit.ly/iwtrhino

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel; I did not know that but I will include it in this hub and maybe do a follow up as the day grows closer.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      How sad, but again, thank you for letting us know about this Bill. Poaching of any animal is sad - human beings just don't always have respect for nature and animals around us. Only when they are gone, will we realize what we are missing and what we have done. By then, it is too late. Thanks for an interesting, informative and sad article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I shake my head and say I can't understand it, but really it just comes down to human greed, and when money is involved nothing is safe. A sad commentary on human beings.

      Thank you my friend!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I understand why many people poach because it's necessary. I hope the government over there will provide their people some livelihood. It's easier said than done tho, and that what makes it sad. Poor animals fall into this senseless tragedy. Thanks for the very informative article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iguidenetwork, welcome aboard, and thank you for the comment. I tend to agree that erasing poverty is a huge step towards diminishing crime in any country.

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      I wish there were more opportunities for these people other than poaching. It would be an absolute shame to see these beautiful, majestic creatures leave our Earth. These numbers are shocking... very shocking.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nmdonders, thanks for the return visit....greed, my friend....greed! I would be amazed if this trend reverses....the sub-Saharan nations need China's money and they have a tendency to turn their heads to this sort of thing.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      A wonderful hub - a heartbreaking subject. Some of the private game farms are injecting a type of poison into the rhino horn, it keeps pests both the human and other kind away from the rhino. It won't kill humans but can bring about convulsions or vomiting. Unfortunately, the Kruger National Park, which is being targeted by poachers at the moment, say it would be impossible to do in the Park due the number of Rhinos they have, and the poison lasts only 3 to 4 years. It will, however, stop rhino horn going through airports as the dye shows up on the scanners! One of Vietnamese diplomats here was sent home as he was caught with rhino horn. As far as the Kruger Park comment goes, they will have to think up another excuse soon, as the numbers are dwindling. Voted up, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting Shelley; I had not heard that but it is rather ingenious! It most likely is impossible at this time to protect Kruger because of the lack of staff covering such a huge area....of course, the staff would increase if the government really cared to spend the dollars necessary, and that isn't going to happen as long as China has such influence.

      Thank you for a great comment.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It is the bitterest irony that these beautiful, strong animals are sacrificed, never fully living their God given entitlement to life and freedom, for the false promise of human longevity. I will never forget the brutally graphic result to one young male rhino on a reserve initiative to protect the nearly extinct species. The sanctuary owner filmed the sad sojourn of a rhino from babyhood to young adult and the brutality by greedy human hands, that left him staggering, still standing, mutilated with most of his face gone. I cried the whole night and every time I think of it. "Rock Center" with Brian Williams hosted the documentary, which left me grieving and forever changed. Humanity is too fine a word for what human greed is perpetuating on this species.

      Thank you, Bill, for a magnificent tribute to stop the killing of a dying breed. It doesn't have to end this way, but with money the motivation, and the proven greed of humankind, despite dedicated efforts by caring people, the course does not look promising and I worry that the killing won't stop until the last rhino drops. It makes me sick.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, obviously it makes me sick too. Interestingly, or maybe not so, this hub did not do well at all, even on HubPages with all the followers that I have....nor did the hub on human trafficking...it's as though nobody wants to hear of man's brutality, as though if we hear it then it becomes real. How can we hope to stoop this when nobody wants to hear about it? That's what makes me sick!

      Thank you dear one!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Maybe that is why "Rock Center" used such mercilessly graphic imagery. It was impossible to ignore. Short of that, Bill, sadly, and even presenting the horror in unspeakable terms, I doubt that it will change. The grieving staff at the sanctuary does everything humanly possible to try to keep this species safe, and ultimately, cannot. Money shouts the loudest. It is a shameful testimony to humanity. In the end, God is watching.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I agree completely, and I have no answers. I saw a video of a shipping container that was confiscated in Hong Kong....inside of it were tons of elephant tusks, rhino horns, illegal drugs and.....sex slaves being trafficked. This kind of greed and immorality goes far beyond my darkest thoughts and I can't wrap my brain around its existence.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi billybuc,

      Poaching is a big problem to Africa wildlife and especially Kenya. Every year, thousands of animals including rhino and elephants are killed for the treasured tasks and other valuables such as skin. Although many African governments have taken the initiative to protect these endangered animals, a lot still has to be done.

      In Kenya, there is a charity event called Rhino Charge whose aim is to raise money towards electric fencing of an entire conservation area to protect rhinos and other endangered animals against poaching, many can read about Rhino Charge event here: https://hubpages.com/autos/Rhino-Charge-A-gruellin...

      Poaching is such a big problem and am glad you deviated from your norm of writing to write about it, thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira, thank you for adding great information about this cause. Greatly appreciated! I fear this is going to be a diplomatic issue with the Chinese, and that does not fill me with hope.

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