They inject poison into the rhino horns
Rhinoceros horns are among the targets of the poachers, which has led to these animals to a serious threat. In an African reserve have decided to use a somewhat radical strategy to protect the rhinoceroses of the illegal traffic of threatened species: injecting poison into the rhinoceros horns that, although it does not affect the health of the animals, will do so if they consume products made with it.
Poison in the rhinoceros horns to protect them
This happens in Sabi Sand, a private reserve that is located within the famous Kruger National Park, the most visited in South Africa. The project involves injecting dozens of rhinos with a mixture of indelible pink dye and relatively common antiparasitics that, while eliminating ticks in livestock, can cause nausea and vomiting if people consume them.
Under this premise, the inclusion of poison in rhinoceros horns for humans makes it unsafe to consume the powder obtained from these horns. The pink tint, however, is not as striking as some digitally altered images that can be viewed online.
The park managers say they are not doing anything illegal, given that they are being warned by both networks and in the park itself through posters of the initiative. It does not stop being a normal antiparasitic treatment in these specimens, although normally it is not injected into the horn of these animals.
The dye can be 'hunted' by the airport detection systems, which makes also make it more difficult to traffic with these horns. Even so, some experts have questioned the project, since it could displace the poachers to other places, besides being virtually impossible to perform on a large scale in many animals, since the process requires anesthesia .
The value of rhinoceros horns
Rhinoceros horns are one of the objects most desired by traffickers that provide illegal trafficking in endangered species and, although their use Sometimes it is ornamental, the truth is that normally this horn is consumed. This has caused all the rhinoceros species of the planet are seriously threatened and their populations decreasing due to indiscriminate hunting.
This is because the rhinoceros is appreciated by Asian medicine, mainly because the rhino horn oceronte would have supposed magical effects that are totally false. According to Chinese tradition, this can cure from cancer to infertility, as well as infectious or parasitic diseases.
The null capacity of the rhinoceros horn is well known, since this element is only composed of keratin , the same substance that makes up the hair or nails of all animals, including the human species. So taking rhinoceros horn has the same pharmacological effect as eating our nails: absolutely none.
Thus, the rhinoceros becomes another animal endangered by oriental medicine, although some initiatives like this pose protect this emblematic species from extinction. Do you think it will work to inject toxic drugs into the rhinoceros horns to save them?