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Western black rhino goes extinct


Posted on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 | Comment icon 57 comments | News tip by: xsas


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The species has been officially declared extinct due to no reported sightings over the last seven years.

In another blow to conservationists, the western black rhino appears to have been completely wiped out thanks to non-stop efforts by poachers to kill the animals for their horns. The rhinos had lived in southern parts of Africa for thousands of years. It is thought that some of the rangers at national parks charged with protecting the animals were receiving handouts in exchange for allowing poachers access to the rhinos.

Rhino horns are particularly valued in countries such as Vietnam where they are used in tonics to treat everything from hangovers to cancer. In some Asian countries, the horns are seen as a status symbol and play an important role in superstitious beliefs.

"The western black rhino, a subspecies of the black rhino, was declared extinct last month by The International Union for Conservation of Nature, as no sightings of the creature have been reported since 2006."

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Comment icon #48 Posted by Yamato on 16 June, 2013, 8:25
How can I say this any more simply and get your stubborn ignorant brain to understand once and for all? Not all rhino horns are alike. The supply of this rhino has gone to zero. A 30-second search would teach you that fact and stop you from denying it and dribbling nonsense about me in reply. No, you can't go to other animals to get more supply because the composition of those horns is different. Your initial point you tried so hard complaining about is moot and I give you no chance of acknowledging that because you're too full of yourself. But you are finally dragged to agreement of... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by aquatus1 on 16 June, 2013, 10:15
Stop making up s***. Rhino horns are all made of the same material. That material isn't ivory. There is no difference (asides from visual) between one rhino horn and another. Educate yourself. I never said it wasn't illegal. I said it was normal. Hmm, let me think about how that went the last time... *Cited UN law, article, paragraph when challenged. Followed up with specific Rules of the Sea violations.--no response* *Showed how a resolution you did not cite (nor even knew was a resolution), but from which you made a generalized claim that it was both law and it authorized physi... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by Yamato on 16 June, 2013, 22:31
Because I have no evidence not to. Like? Checking the OP article would be the hint necessary to observe I'm not assuming. Extinction would be the greatest evidence that enforcement of the law is inadequate. Conferring with what I'm saying. Conferring with what I'm saying. Conferring with what I'm saying. There's great room for improvement in anti-poaching law enforcement. Where I cited the dictionary definition of violence before you did, yes I remember. According to you, you can commit "violence" against inanimate objects when I already used the wor... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by aquatus1 on 16 June, 2013, 23:03
And that's the end of the ball game. On the bright side, I don't consider you to be willfully ignorant.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Yamato on 16 June, 2013, 23:16
I willfully ignore your opinion of me.
Comment icon #53 Posted by aquatus1 on 17 June, 2013, 0:53
Fine with me. Just like everything else you ignore, it doesn't go away, nor is it shown to be incorrect.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Lobotomy on 25 June, 2013, 19:39
Yes and that's just a racist comment because what have Japan done with regards to this issue? Ziltch! Also it's so easy to criticise developing countries for the destruction of their natural habitat when it's the very 'globalization' that the West has imposed and promotes that is the main perpetrator, besides the fact that here in the UK for instance we had already obliterated the native wolves, boars (which had to be reintroduced from Eastern Europe), bears and others. Instead of complaining we should be doing something about it as we are part of the problem.
Comment icon #55 Posted by redhen on 25 June, 2013, 20:18
My comments are not to be construed as racist. My take on this is problem is one of superstition. Yup, Europeans and Americans are superstitious too, just witness the prevalence of astrology and other pseudo-sciences. They even exploit animals for it, I'm sure "lucky" rabbit feet key chains are still a popular commercial item. But these Westerners are not causing the extinction of species because of superstition, that's my point. I don't think globalization has been imposed so much as embraced, greed cuts across all ethnicities. What do you propose?
Comment icon #56 Posted by Mindscanner on 28 June, 2013, 7:07
I think human should start finding some other options to cure certain ailments, surely there would be lot of botanical compositions they could use to replace substance coming from poor animals. As I know Medicine is not always the best option to cure the ailments. There should be much heavier penalty for using and distributing the items. Beside who ever could afford that price, certainly are not poor people, above them there is always on higher position to collect large profitable income with much less tax to pay in their operation. The greed behind all of this that gets me the most. IF I see ... [More]


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