By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 11:50 am Tue, Oct 25, 2011
There’s only one subspecies left…
It’s not a “sub”-species anymore. :-(
Part of me understands that these poachers have families to feed, and it’s hard to tell them that an animal is worth more than the life of their starving child.
The other part understands that they also can’t feed their child if there are no animals left to poach.
I doubt they are feeding their starving families off of a couple of rhino horns. Probably opportunists looking for some quick cash.
I have more sympathy for the rangers who often risk death to protect these animals despite ridiculously low salaries. They have families too.
I thought the advent of Viagra had eliminated the market for rhino horns…
The great thing about ineffective magical cures made from endangered animal parts is that they work equally well for any condition. Already have a pill that cures impotence? Well good news, friend. Now you can use Powdered Rhino Horn to treat cancer!
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