Ban poaching of black rhinos in Africa

Ban poaching of black rhinos in Africa

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Madison Tregonning started this petition to African government

Rhino numbers are rapidly decreasing due to poaching legally and illegally. The most recent figures show there are only 5000 black rhinos still living in Africa. This makes the species critically endangered, the worst status possible. In 1995, the black rhino population had dropped by over 98%. This figure is devastating and shows the severe outcomes of poaching. Wildlife crime—in this case, poaching and black-market trafficking of rhino horn—continues to plague the species and threaten its recovery.

Rhinos are poached because the poachers believe their horns have value. Their horns are made of keratin. This is the same material that our finger and toenails are made from. Yet, still, they take their horns. Rhinos need their horns to fight of predators or rival rhinos. They need their horns to attract females and companions so they can mate and increase the wild black rhino population. This would be bad enough if this was the case, but it isn't.

The poachers don't dehorn the rhinos, in a humane way. Although, this still would be unacceptable. Instead, they find the rhinos, hunt them and kill them in an inhumane way. All to make money by selling keratin. We need to ban poaching and stop the wild black rhinos from becoming extinct. 

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