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Well, I'm not quite sure if this is something to discuss here at the campfire...
But look at this post on Google+:
I mean, me, of course I don't buy things made of ivory or magic potions from rhino horn! But can I sit back then and think, well, everything's okay? Wouldn't feel right! All I can do is try and raise a bit of awareness for this sucking, criminal doings. That's why I wanted to draw your attention to Sandy Schepis' post...
It is fine to discuss it here, Gernot, that's where the forums are for.
I'm equally shocked by this poaching. A few weeks ago I saw an image of a Rhino who was chainsawed whilst alive in such a way that a large part of the head itself was sawed away. It is wrong enough to want the horn, but this grueling needless suffering makes it even worse.
What can be done about it? I think everything, every little bit helps. There are no easy solutions. I think the root causes are an incorrect belief that Rhino horns are of actual value, combined with the economic incentive of somebody who has little to lose, the poachers. We can fight the symptoms by raising awareness, financing guards and rangers, and by heavier punishment of those that get caught, and we should. Still, without addressing the root problem and incentive, this isn't going to go away.
From the JungleDragon side, we have this agreement that for every 1,000 images shared, a donation is made to a wildlife charity. I suggest to let the next donation target be the Rhino theme. It is a small bit of help, but little bits add up. Now, we need a way to quickly reach 4,000 photos :)
I'd highly appreciate a donation in favor of the protection of rhinos & elephants! I hope, there are serious addressees to be found, who will spend the money right on purpose... I'm planning on being out to take photos on saturday coming, so hopefully there'll be something to contribute here to get closer to the 4,000-pics-milestone.
I believe this is all wrong to kill these animals in that cruel way.
You're certainly right, jorgea!
Welcome to the jungle!