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Yet Another Trumpet of the Horn

Yet Another Trumpet of the Horn

~by Carmen Schwartz

Black Rhino-Roadtrekin.com copyThis subject is talked about, it seems, when there is no other thing to talk about. Politics, religion, gun laws, conservative versus liberal, moronic news stations versus…everyone else on the planet. Issues are debated each and every hour on television, but when it comes to endangered species, it seems that the subject is buried a great deal of the time by something ‘more important.’

 

National Geographic states facts. Unfortunately, the worst fact of all, is that the threat against the rhino is still massive. Perhaps it would be easier to feel for this subject if you knew more about them.

 

Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray, and they are truly stunning, magnificent creatures. The Black rhino has a pointed upper lip, because of the fact that they are the roamers of the two species. They shop, browse, pick out their food from finding and consuming the best trees or bushes. They pluck the leaves and fruit from above, while the White rhino grazes, choosing the grasses for their meals.

 

When it comes to the Black rhino, they live life in an almost self-imposed solitary confinement. They like to be alone, with females reproducing only every two and a half to five years – which means a new generation takes a while to create. Feeding under the stars, Black rhinos like the nighttime hours, which makes sense, because under the serious rays of the African sun, they wish to stop roaming during the day and sit in the cover that the trees provide.

 

They keep the bugs off their skin by themselves, by rolling around in a water or mud hole and taking care of their skin. And when they do wish to find another, their incredibly keen hearing and sense of smell allows them to locate the trail of their friends that they left behind.

 

These horns, that seem to be their undoing, are apparently a ‘must have’ pair, with the foremost one being larger than the other. The Black rhino horns grow as much as three inches a year, with some being seen up to five feet in length. Females use their horns to protect the young, while males must use them as warriors in battle to keep away unwanted, unnecessary and classless human attackers.

 

It is ridiculous, after all this time and many good people bringing the Black rhino nightmare to the world so they can hear and STOP the murdering from happening, that these animals are still being killed for their horns. Some are used for medicinal purposes in the Far East. And even worse than that, other locations only want the horn to use as an ornament – a handle on a dagger that they will never use – just place under glass and never even think about the fact that their stupid decoration actually took yet another life from the almost nonexistent Black rhino population.

 

Poaching grows bigger…because of commercial demand. Armed poachers are on record for slaughtering twice the number of Kenyan rhinos in 2013 compared to 2012. (At least 59 this past year and 30 the year before). Good people in Kenya have increased the number of guards for these poor creatures. Heavily armed guards, in fact, roam Kenyan capital’s national park, but poachers seem to not care in the least, willing to risk their lives for the cash.

 

Barely over a thousand left, rhinos are being erased from this planet. An actual report from Interpol stated there had been ‘record levels of global ivory seizures worldwide in 2013.’

 

Powerful (but absolutely unrecorded) healing properties? Decorations for your home? Jewelry you don’t need in the slightest? These are the reasons why this amazing creature is being killed??

 

Don’t you find it odd that we scream and yell and stand on pulpits when it comes to children being killed in schools because of poor gun rights, but we can not seem to yell loud enough about another innocent (one among a big list), that have done nothing wrong, do not cause pain to the world, and are an addition to the world that should never be in pain or turmoil?

 

No offense to anyone…but is it REALLY more important to constantly rant about the ridiculous things future political frontrunners do than actually saving a life?

 

This is a call to action! The sad part is, this is a call to action…AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN!

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