Do you remember the story of the dolphin caught in a net who lost his tail? He was fitted with a prosthetic one.
People banned together to make it happen. They even made a movie about it.
What about Prada the pitbull who faced euthanasia? Her life was saved after an outpouring of public support.
There were multiple petitions. I signed one, actually I probably signed a couple.
It’s uplifting to see people come together, especially to rescue the helpless or injured creatures of the
world. In fact it renews my faith in humanity.
But what about when the survival of an entire species depends on us? What do we do? When does someone come
running to help then? We are witnessing the intentional annihilation of a species. The extinction of the rhino
is 100% preventable. We brought the Bald Eagle back from the brink of extinction. We’ve done this before, we CAN
do it again. The more of us who KNOW, the more of us will CARE. When we care, we can act upon it.
Incase any of you still wonder “Why should I care if an animal in another part of the world goes extinct?”, let me tell you. Firstly the rhino is an “umbrella” species, meaning the survival of their species effects other species, and the ecosystem. Destroying them will start a domino effect in the environment. Secondly we have a moral responsibility to our planet, as well as to future generations. WE brought them to the edge of extinction, it is OUR duty to bring them back. And lastly when they’re gone, who’s next? What other species will we destroy?
If you’re still reading, hopefully you’re caring. So the next question is
“What can I do?”
#1 Look for petitions to tell “the powers that be” we will not stand by and let you murder these magnificent creatures. There are tons of petition sites online. You’d be hardpressed to NOT find one. (I would be all to happy to send you some on your email. You only need to ask:)
#2 If you go on safari (or any trips involving animals) share your concern with the travel agency. Be sure not to give tourist dollars to any groups or communities supporting cruelty.
#3 Donate to conservation efforts when you can. I have listed a few of my personal favorites on this site, but there are many others.
#4 Be aware of what you buy. As a consumer you have an immense impact. For example: Nutella is made from palm oil. Demand for palm oil is leading to loss of habitat and destruction to the orangutans.
#5 Probably the easiest thing: spread the word! Rhino horn is NOT medicine, rhinos are endangered and close to extinction.