Black Rhino Rescue Project

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Why is it that people get away with being allowed to continue to believe that legally killing one animal from an endangered species is justified because it will put money towards trying to save the rest of them from poachers? Ever heard of donations not requiring a death guys? With not many more than around four thousand odd black rhino left in the wild on the planet, the Dallas Safari Club plans the auction of a permit to shoot one. They further justify this with the fact that this particular rhino is too old to breed. So what? Why can’t he just be allowed to enjoy his old age in peace?
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In general terms, I personally believe that hunting for FOOD – not new boots – is a lot kinder than breeding animals for food. At least hunted animals get to live free to begin with. But there is nothing under the sun that can justify this. Why not just give some money to saving rhinos if you have so much to play around with? Why does one have to be shot?
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The poaching of these creatures is heartbreaking. As a species they have to endure being slaughtered in the most barbaric ways, often having their horns hacked off while they are still alive, whether they are mothers with calves or not, all because some tool somewhere believes that a bit of it will help him get his pecker up or something. Give these poor creatures a break!
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The purposeful killing of even one of these animals is a disgusting thing to even contemplate doing. There are a group of people trying to stop this from happening, and I for one hope and pray that they get it right, although that’s not a given. The group is called the Black Rhino Rescue Project, and they’re on Facebook and Twitter, just in case any of you scribblers would like to help this poor old wrinkly guy out. The power of some wonderful authors fan reaching tools is a much better way to go than trying to fight this with death threats, as some people have been doing. I don’t often ask for shares, but on this particular occasion I really would appreciate it.

32 thoughts on “Black Rhino Rescue Project

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    January 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    In my opinion, this applies to ALL animals – but ESPECIALLY to endangered ones – they are fellow co-habitants of this tiny planet we think we own!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Chris. It’s just pathetic what some people think they have the “right” to do just because they can.

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      drewdog2060drewdog2060 said:
      January 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Well said Chris, Kevin

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    Mark Myers said:
    January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is tragic. What ridiculous logic – wouldn’t this fuel an appetite to hunt more rhinos and when it can’t be done legally, it will be done otherwise? Just tragic

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      You’re totally right Mark. If they get it right this time, it really won’t be the last time they do it. Not cool at all.

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    Zoe Dune said:
    January 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve written about this before and I also live in Dallas so I’m pretty close to it as far as where it’s originating from. I do want to make it clear without siding with the enemy on this, that the uncontrolled killing versus controlled killing of the Rhino is the only thing that separates hunting from poaching here. Were it not for the extreme levels of killings that have mad it endangered; we wouldn’t have anything to compare.

    Many had already given up on the black rhino thinking it was already extinct. When the numbers get that low, there isn’t much anyone can do unless a. tons of people stand up for the black rhino to where money is not an issue or b. money comes in from somewhere to protect it and in this case, moving on the selling of a safari club hunting permit is an act of desperation from the conservatory. That’s the ONLY reason why any of this makes sense. Unfortunately, the world (natural selection) or people (impulsive) are not willing to do much to protect it. Money talks, and this ‘.’ is a period.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you for commenting Zoe. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion. But in my opinion two wrongs don’t make a right. To be honest, in this particular instance I’m not seeing any relevance between uncontrolled versus controlled killing, and I can’t imagine what sort of person would actually want to shoot an endangered rhino anyway. Maybe their conservation will be more difficult without money from this kind of thing, but at least their lives aren’t being pimped out by the unethical for the few minute power trip whoever gets to shoot them go on after they bring such a powerful animal down – from a safe distance and with the advantage of a large gun. To me it makes no sense at all. Just as in selling your soul to the devil might get you a quick fix, but in the long haul it is absolutely the wrong thing to do. This will be a terrible thing if it’s allowed to happen. There are too few of these creatures to purposely sacrifice a single one – for any reason at all.

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        Zoe Dune said:
        January 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Well. I agree with you that it’s not right. What pissed me off about this is that we don’t live in a world where we can care for these animals without attaching some monetary value to it. That isn’t opinion, that is simply the facts.

        What are we supposed to do at this point? Supporters have already sent death threats to the safari club which isn’t enough pressure to stop them, protests are ongoing, there are save the rhino fund projects collecting to do something about it. People are putting pressure on them but it doesn’t seem to be enough! Look at what happened with the the Hopi relics that were saved. Despite the outrage, the auctioning off of those sacred items went as planned, which was the second time they did it… the ONLY reason they were saved the last time is because the Annenberg foundation stepped in and secretly bought all of the items to give them back to the tribe where they belong. That was the ONLY way they were able to do that. More and more these groups are building immunity to pressures and the only way to stop them is with tons and tons of money. That is also, not an opinion, that is a fact.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

          What you say about the Hopi relics being saved at the last minute gives me hope though. If enough people know about this, and if they keep going with it, with a LOT of luck maybe there will be a way for that licence to be bought by decent folk and then ripped right up. You’re right though – it’s impossible to stop all the bad stuff, but the fact that so many people are joining in to stop it is really, really good. Even if they fail, it shows that the human race don’t all condone these things even if they can’t stop them.

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    Zoe Dune said:
    January 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Let me also add that I’ve been involved with activist groups here and at time, I just want to grab someone from the lapels and force them to do the right thing, more and more I’m thinking that is the right thing to do because I don’t know what is anymore.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I’m not generally a public activist – I don’t think so anyway. Kudo’s to you for being that brave though. Any sort of activist probably gets attacked quite a lot, so they are all braver than me, but I really appreciate that there are so many of them, and that they’re strong enough to never give up to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. Hopefully the ones who do the harming will learn that it’s wrong. All we can do is hope – and make us much noise as possible. 🙂

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        Zoe Dune said:
        January 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        Let me add one more thing. I have probably up to ten accounts that I’m often jumping around on to bring issues like this at the fore front. So far the audience is big and getting bigger and bigger everyday so I’m giving it all I got. 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

          Thank you Zoe! And if you ever need them tweeted or shared, let me know, and I’ll be right with you! 😀

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    Morgan said:
    January 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Our Shortsightedness and Lack of Mercy will be our own undoing.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I absolutely agree with you Morgan – we need to take responsibility for being part of the human race, and at least try to stop those with zero mercy from getting up to what they do.

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        Morgan said:
        January 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        A Brick to the forehead might help 😮 (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

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    Peter Wells aka Countingducks said:
    January 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    This such a good post, and you make a point that can not be made often enough

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 11, 2014 at 4:38 am

      Thank you Peter. The more people know about these things, the better I reckon.

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    Forget the Viagra...Pass me a Carrot! said:
    January 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    They have tried education, relocation and incarceration of the poachers. However, the real problem is the end user. Eastern medicine has its role in our society but the use of animal parts and excretions such as horn and bile do not. But we have double standards – we will have a trade agreement for billions of dollars with offending countries and make it unconditional. They will not risk losing these huge contracts for the sake of the remaining rhinos. And I am afraid that we as the consumer rarely look at the bottom of a product and think -‘China – no – they condone the trade in horn or ivory – I won’t buy’ We all have to play our part including getting our governments to make a stand.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 11, 2014 at 4:37 am

      You’re absolutely right – nothing gets in the way of big bucks and big business too. I love that so many people are making their voices heard – hopefully the powers that be start listening. That bile harvesting that they do is absolutely horrendous – it’s a pity so many people are stupid enough to think that it’s ok to do that.

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    Sherri said:
    January 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I just can’t bear it. The same with elephants when they are poached for their trunks. Thanks for highlighting this horrendous problem Jo, I’m going to take a look at the FB link. xx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 11, 2014 at 4:34 am

      Thank you Sherri. That’s the fantastic thing about the old interweb now – these sleazoids don’t get to do their horrible deeds in private any more. Hugs. xxx

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        Sherri said:
        January 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        That’s for sure! Great word that, sleazoids btw, 🙂
        Have a great weekend and hugs coming right back to you 🙂 xxx

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    alisonjackauthor said:
    January 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Reblogged this on An Author's View and commented:
    One of my favourite bloggers has brought the plight of the magnificent black rhino to my attention, and as a fellow animal lover I want to do all I can to help. The black rhino is a desperately endangered species, yet still there’s a facility allowing morons with more money than sense to bid for the right to shoot one.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 11, 2014 at 4:31 am

      Thanks so much Alison! They are morons too – apparently Namibia is going to issue five permits every year, and they don’t care what the world says. Idiots. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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    Donicia said:
    January 10, 2014 at 12:35 am

    These wild animals should be treated better or they’ll be extinct. They are beautiful strong animals.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 11, 2014 at 4:39 am

      They’re gorgeous Donicia – and the most caring of parents too.

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        Donicia said:
        January 14, 2014 at 12:55 am

        Wow! They are better parents than most of us 🙂 I think they are gorgeous too Robin.

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    Forget the Viagra...Pass me a Carrot! said:
    January 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    I read and commented on this in the week but it stuck in my mind. We as consumers have the right to vote with our wallets – perhaps if a country is hastening the extinction of a particular animal we should start checking the ‘made in’ labels a little more carefully.

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