Save the Black Rhino!
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In 1970, there was an estimated number of 65,000 black rhinos in Africa. Today, there is less than 5000.
The reason for this large gap in population size is because of the upsurge in poaching for the coveted rhino horn which can span 90 cm long. The horn is used to "cure cancer", a claim that has not been founded in scientific research. The horn is made of the same material of human fingernails. From 1970 to 1992, 96% of Africa's black rhinos were killed.
Humans are responsible for the black rhinos' near extinction.
To this day, poachers are killing rhinos at high rates. In 2014, more than 1,200 black rhinos were poached in South Africa. Ignoring the advice of the scientific community, the South African government wishes to legalize trade in rhino horns, hoping that the price of rhino horn will decline. However, in 2008 when this same act occurred, poachers went on a rampage.
This must not happen again! Sign the petition to let the South African government know!
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