This book is a thorough and devastating read into research about the illegal trafficking of rhino and its consequences. It's a hard-hitting, gritty book that will make you cry in places, but if we don't cry about this, then we're inhuman.
More than 1 rhino is killed in Africa every day. Rhinos are being butchered while they're was still alive, horns brutally hacked off and left to die painfully. And for what? Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same substance that's found in your hair and fingernails and has no proven scientific medical benefits. Every year, thousands of wild animals are killed because someone, somewhere wants a piece of them. We have the fur trade, Eastern medicine, hunting for fun or sport, deforestation and loss of habitat due to an increase in human population and wars, or we keep them as pets. We're either killing them for selfish gain or loving them to death.
Change has to start with awareness, prevention, conservation, and protection. In some countries even the politicians and diplomats admit to being an end user in the illegal wildlife trade, claiming that rhino horn, ivory, tiger bones, or other animal products cure everything from hangovers to cancer. This sends the price of these products sky high, and signs a death warrant for these animals. In some places, illegal animal products are worth more than gold and platinum. Until the leaders of these countries take a stand against this illegal trade, more and more of these amazing creatures will become extinct. The illegal trafficking in wild animals is now the third largest criminal industry in the world. For these animals to survive, we must make a change now. Not in two years, or one year, or even six months. The ugly truth is that some animals won't be around in six months from now. Extinction is forever - there's no going back. Unless something is done about this now, the only way your grandchildren will see these animals is in pictures because there will be no live ones left.
This book highlights this barbaric trade fuelled by greed. Together, we all have to try and raise awareness and make change.