White Rhino grazing at Monate Lodge

Monday, 10 October 2011

Need For Better Conservation of Rhinos

According to a myth in Vietnam, rhino horn has the capability to treat cancer. This is the reason there is a lot of poaching done, on this poor animal, nearing extinction. According to statistical reports, there have been as many as 309 rhinos killed this year for their precious horns and skin this year. The issue is that these numbers have seen a drastic rise in the past few years, despite the various efforts being made for the conservation of these animals nearing extinction.
Vietnamese people who believe in the myth about rhino horns being useful in curing cancer, are now importing them from South Africa, the rhinos in their own country nearly depleted.
"We need to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and we need to get rid of the wrong understanding that rhino horn can cure cancer", said Vietnamese diplomat, Kien Nguyen.
There need to be launched more education programs to make the people aware that these are mere myths that are harming the ecological balance of the world, rhinos being a major part of the bigger picture of the world. There is also need for better conservation rules and stricter punishments to be made for the ones indulging in poaching, so that these things come to an end. 


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