Colouring the horns of rhinos on the ten rand bill in Africa - an initiative started by concerned members of the South African community to raise awareness on how close rhinos are to extinction. Members of the public are encouraged to colour the horn on their bill red and continue to use the money until every single ten rand note has the mark.
These words accompany online photographs of the marked bills:
“Can you imagine every single rhino horn made RED on every single Ten Rand Note ?
Can you imagine that every single South African will see this, talk about it and become outraged at the real possibility of our rhino becoming extinct?
Can you imagine every single visitor to South Africa this Festive Season seeing these notes, asking questions and creating awareness back home.
Can you imagine our government NOT sitting up and taking heed of our outraged voices, having to recall, reprint and possibly even do away with the Ten Rand Note ?
Can you imagine our Africa with no rhino ?”
We all know how serious the situation is with rhinos, and over the past few months I have seen tumblr bloggers band together to share information and raise awareness. Here is an opportunity to take action…
Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone — a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off.
Fueling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies and good luck charms in China and Vietnam. Protests from South Africa have so far been ignored by the authorities, butEurope has the power to change this by calling for a ban on all rhino trade — from anywhere, to anywhere — when countries meet at the next crucial international wildlife trade summit in July.
The situation is so dire that the threat has even spread into British zoos who are on red-alert for rhino killing gangs! Let’s raise a giant outcry and urge Europe to push for new protections to save rhinos from extinction. When we reach 100,000 signers, our call will be delivered in Brussels, the decision-making heart of Europe, with a crash of cardboard rhinos. Every 50,000 signatures will add a rhino to the crash — bringing the size of our movement right to the door of EU delegates as they decide their position. Sign the petition below then share this widely:
globalpost: Rhino War: South Africa resorts to drastic measures
South Africa is fighting a war to save its endangered rhinoceros population.
by Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A tense war rages across the Bushveld here, over the fate of the rhinoceros.
On one side, heavily armed poachers are killing rhinos at a ferocious rate, at times deploying helicopters and high-powered rifles to claim their quarry. They are cashing in on a high-stakes trade, fueled by the erroneous belief among increasingly rich Chinese and Vietnamese that rhino horn can cure cancer, among other maladies.
Squaring off against them, South Africa is resorting to extreme tactics to save a fragile population that may be slumping towards extinction. The country is deploying helicopters, radar technology and army troops. Some are even attempting to poison rhino horns to dissuade would-be consumers.
(read more: Global Post)
Rivaling the price of gold on the black market, rhino horn is at the center of a bloody poaching battle…
Federal agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested seven people on charges of trafficking endangered rhino horn in the United States…
Here a tranquilized Black Rhino is transported by means of helicopter - part of a new and quick relocation technique for moving rhinos from poaching-prone areas to secure reserves. 2011 will not be remembered as a positive year for the rhinoceros. But despite the extinctions and a record-breaking number of poachings, there will always people fighting to save this incredibly rare animal and always something you can do to help out!
Photograph courtesy Green Renaissance/WWF
The Vanishing Rhino…
Rhinoceros horns, unlike those of other horned mammals, consist of keratin only and lack a bony core. They are used in traditional Asian medicines, and for this their horns are worth many dollars to poachers.
- Javan Rhino; Critically Endangered (Declared Extinct in Vietnam 2011)
- Sumatran Rhino; Critically Endangered
- Northern White Rhino; Critically Endangered (4 Individuals left)
- West African Black Rhino; Declared Extinct in 2011