Warning: the pictures in the video below are distressing. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried when I saw them. If we don’t help these magnificent animals, they won’t be around for much longer. We are brutalising them into extinction.
I don’t usually do grim here at The Laughing Housewife, but I saw this story on Sky News and I have to share it. I have included a short extract but I beg you to read the whole story and watch the accompanying video.
The number of rhinos killed in South Africa looks set to exceed last year’s record total.
With just three months left in 2013, the number of rhinos killed is more than 500 and appears almost certain to top 2012’s death toll of 668.
One man doing his fair share [to help] is veterinarian Dr William Fowlds who is the founder of Rhino Lifeline.
Dr Fowlds was the first vet on the scene when three rhinos were attacked by poachers 18 months ago on the Kariega Game Reserve. One was so badly mutilated, he died hours later.
But somehow Dr Fowlds’ prompt work managed to bring the other two back from the brink.
The rangers were traumatised by the sight of these animals with their horns and part of their faces ripped off by the poachers.
Seven billion humans live on this planet: are we all going to stand by while a greedy few exterminate an entire species? I don’t want to have to explain to my grandchildren that, in this information age, when a group of like-minded people with computers can put enormous pressure on individuals, huge organisations and even governments, I said nothing; I did nothing; I let others worry about it.
This is not someone else’s problem; it is ours, right now. I urge you to blog about it; tweet about it; talk about it on Facebook; start a petition; lobby your MP, Congressman, political representative.
Don’t let us lose another species because we were too busy watching cute kitties on You Tube.