Warning: Rhino Horns are POISON. Do NOT ingest for Medicinal Purposes
There are only about 25,000 rhinos left in the world. Their population is shrinking, while the demand for rhino horns — for alleged medicinal properties — is increasing.
It's the insatiable demand that makes rhino poaching so lucrative, even though poachers are often executed on sight when they're caught. (It's too quick, but I digress...)
The Rhino Rescue Project has come up with a solution: injecting each rhino — after tranquilizing, of course — with ectoparasiticide. Eectoparasiticide is harmless to the rhino, but toxic to humans — causing nausea, vomiting and damage to the nervous system. Good. Suffer, you C#$%S&%$in' M#!%&$F#!$er!!!
The Rhino Rescue Project's founder, Lorinda Hern, said:
“The users of rhino horn do not care about killing the animal or the death of rangers and poachers in Africa. The only way to stop them from consuming horn is to trigger health anxiety—the fear of ingesting contaminated horn.”
So far this program has had the most success in two small reserves near Mozambique. Numerous signs are posted, informing poachers of the horn-poisoning, and hence the poachers would be killing rhinos and risking their own lives for nothing.
The much larger Kruger National Park in South Africa has not taken this approach. Yet. (One can hope.) A park spokesperson said:
“This strategy will never help in quelling rhino poaching in the park because we have so many rhino such that we can't even manage to capture them. But I do think it will be a good thing for the individuals who own few rhinos.”
It's a start. Rome wasn't built in a day. We wouldn't have the Ferrari if it weren't for the Model A.