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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vietnam loses fight to save its rare Javan rhinos after last animal believed poached for horn

To read an article entitled, Vietnam loses fight to save its rare Javan rhinos after last animal believed poached for horn which is at the website (Time magazine) please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.

As stated in the article: "Only 40 to 60 Javan rhinos now remain in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. They are the last known living members of the species, with none in captivity."

What chance does this species have of surviving now when so few are left in the Wild? Once again members of the human species have wiped out another form of life on this planet because of greed,ignorance and selfishness!!!

The article continues with  this statement:

"Demand for rhino horn has surged in recent years among Vietnamese and Chinese who believe it can cure an array of ailments."

If this demand is increasing, then Rhinos will soon become extinct as a species. Then what species of animals are these Asians going to wipe off the planet next via extinction? Why aren't other Governments of this planet threatening these countries which are wiping other species of life off the planet, via economic sanctions, and other measures??  Why weren't efforts made to educate the people in these countries who believe that rhino horn can cure ailments, that there is no scientific basis for such beliefs?  I suggest that a person's beliefs are her or his own business, until these beliefs cause harm to other life on this planet! In this case these beliefs are causing the extinction of the Javan Rhino species on this planet! And in this case, someone or some organizations better step forward and start to come up with some dramatic plans of action to save other species of life which are being threatened, by  selfish human beliefs and behaviours!!

Take a look at a photo of a Javan Rhino mother and its youngster above, it may be the only way that these animals may be seen in the near future, in photos!!!  Think of all the Children who are going to come into this World and ask to see a video of some Rhinos, and  then have to be told that there are no live Rhinos left in the World because some humans selfishly killed all of them off!!

Source of image: Javan rhino mother and calf photographed by a camera trap at Ujung Kulon. Photo courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund.

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