Rhino poaching is a major problem in various parts of the world. Hundreds of endangered rhinos are poached, maimed and left to die all for the sake of money. And it’s getting worse.
In 2015 alone, 200 rhinos have been killed in South Africa so far. This can be attributed to the rising demand for rhino horns in areas of medicine and – quite shamefully – decoration.
But wildlife workers at Sabi Sand, a private reserve in Kruger National Park, have come up with a potential deterrent for would-be poachers.
Their method involves putting pink poisonous dye on the horns of the rhinos. While the dye will not kill anybody, it will cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested or touched by poachers or consumers.
The dye can also be detected by airport scanners, even when the rhino horn is ground. This will work wonders in ensuring that smugglers attempting to transport rhino horns around the globe will be stopped in their tracks.
Of course, these are only deterrents. If the demand for rhino horn continues to rise to the point where the value of it skyrockets even further than it is, people will find ways around the deterrents placed in their path.
I think it’s sad that we need to come up with methods to deter humans from harming animals purely for profit.
But still, the efforts of the staff at Sabi Sand are truly commendable. Even if their method is not put into use on a wider scale, hopefully the uniqueness of it does raise discussion and awareness about rhino poaching as a genuine and major problem around the world.
by Jesse Herman is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. He writes and produces video at PowerfulPrimates.com. Jesse began his alternative health journey after chronic back pain and has not looked back since. Follow him on Youtube and Facebook (also more Facebook), broadcasting out of Brazil, Florida, and in a dark distant cave (with internet).
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Tags: Rhino poaching, poachers