At the end of this NBC News video, it is reported that in at least one preserve, rhino horns are being injected with a poison that will not harm the animal.
But anyone consuming the poison could be harmed.
The plan is make the horns worthless on the market and therefore worthless to poachers.
I would hope the rhinos are going to be tagged in a way that alerts everyone that that horn for that individual is poisoned. And I hope the word is distributed worldwide, especially where selfish (or otherwise uneducated) people are using products made from rhino horns.
The three-part miniseries – “Battleground: Rhino Wars” premiers tonight (9 p.m. March 7) on the Animal Planet cable network.
Four courageous veterans of the U.S. Special Forces have joined the fight to save rhinos from the evil poachers who are killing them at an alarming rate for their horns. These great animals will soon be wiped off the face of the Earth if more is not done to help them, by shutting down the poachers.
At the other end of this horrible industry are the people who sell products derived from rhino horns and the people who buy these products. The buyers are people who live in the stone ages and believe these products have special powers – and believe it’s somehow justified to send a majestic species of animal into extinction to get their hands on these products.
Once again, the greedy and the uneducated are a blight on the Earth.