I am horrified. I am worse than horrified. I am devastated. Besides this article (in my views, as we have evidence from Mr Kobus Du Toit, who has challenged ANYONE to dispute his scientific evidence, and who works for Mr John Hume, actually) being off the track as far as numbers are concerned, ( I realise it is difficult to get an absolute 100% figure, due to these beautiful beings, being able to travel large distances)
Dr Kobus du Toit, says there are only between 1500 to 3000 rhino left in the wild.
So in reality this means we have already reached the tipping point.
In reality, that spells disaster for our WILD GENETIC POOL.
SAFFR is fighting this, very thing. Hence the petition.
These people invited local rural children to witness the dehorning of the rhino!!
What message does this shout out to these future leaders of our country? That it's okay, that if a vet is called in, ( who also makes money) they can dehorn a rhino, for money?? Of course it is only for money. This is teaching them that they can dehorn, the vet makes money, and in three to fours years down the line, they can dehorn again. More money.
The only way to teach our children about protecting their future heritage is by involving them in that protection.
Through tourism. The BIG FIVE. Ecological Tourism, Photographic Tourism, which is sustainable and can take these future leaders forward for hundreds of years.
As it always was. Corrupt governments for a hundred years, have made these poor people, dependant on handouts and donations.
I am disgusted that General Motors has now been caught up in the moneyweb of corruption. I am disgusted that private owners continue to be backed, not only financially, but by Corporate Companies, to maim our precious beings, instead of trying to find ways of dealing with the decimation of our rhinos in the wild.
That a well known rugby player (I forget his name) who is the owner of the reserve, might think he can make more money once the national ban is lifted. Sies man.
We need to continue to question these people, who obviously only think further than their own bank accounts, the following:
A. WHY are they dehorning, whilst there are numerous ways available to protect the rhino?
B. WHY are they not backing South African Initiatives, available here, and proudly South African, nogal, that can and do work, in a combination of options?