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Chinese Traditional Medicine fuels demand for rhino horn

It seems that the battle for the saving the rhino centers around stopping the poaching. With so much money at stake going to people from developing countries, this is a difficult strategy to combat. It is like building a wall between a first world nation and a developing nation in order to stop illegal immigration. It may contain, but it does not solve.


#Justonerhino – “Pilansberg 151” by Joonas Lyytinen, Käyttäjä:Joonasl – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.s Wikimedia Commons

The battle to save the rhinoceros by building a wall around them might contain the problem, but the solution is far from adequate. If one rhino meets a cruel death from being unhorned while its baby, scarred for life, rubs against its dying mother – is that progress? The only hope for saving the species is somehow affecting the demand for the product.

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The use of rhino horn in Chinese traditional medicine leads to this – Photo by Beverly Joubert

I am not sure this is possible, but it is worth a try. Chinese traditional medicine is widely blamed for being the demand that sparks the lust for the rhino horn. As long as aging men from China with deep pockets believe that ground up rhino horn in their tea helps balance their testicles or cures their gout, then we have a problem.

Why is there not an international media campaign that targets the idiocy of Chinese traditional medicine? Perhaps there is, but it is just not useful? I don’t know, but every time I see a story about the animal parts smuggling issue and Chinese traditional medicine is blamed, which seems to always be the case, there is no heavy criticism landed at the feet of the demand. It seems that we just accept it is an aspect that we cannot affect, so there is not even an attempt to deal with it.

Instead, poachers from developing nations who are lured by easy money are arrested and sometimes even shot.   I am not giving them a pass because what they are doing is horrible, but the problem will persist with so much easy cash flashed in their faces. There is a similar problem in tough urban neighborhoods where kids are enticed to join gangs and sell drugs. Crime is fueled by hopelessness, poverty, and greed.

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If the lust for rhino horn is not curbed from Chinese traditional medicine, we may only be able to see them at places like the Indianapolis zoo

I would like to see a campaign that mercilessly pokes fun at Chinese traditional medicine. I think they should be mocked senseless since we apparently cannot do anything else about it.  I mean what idiots. They really think a tiger gall bladder or a rhino horn grounded up is going to cure what ails them? Perhaps if they are seen as international clowns, they might try other measures to cure their maladies.  This post suggests that Chinese traditional medicine can easily use other ingredients.


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A Chinese traditional medicine practitioner who use rhino horn to cure at work – an International quack

I would like to fire the first salvo in the battle against mocking Chinese traditional medicine. This song goes out to you stupid quacks. Apologies go out to Bono and all U2 fans. Apologies also to those that use Chinese traditional medicine responsibly. I am sure a majority of practitioners do not use rhino horns or tiger gall bladders. This is to be sung to the melody of One by U2.

Is it getting better
The statistics say nay
Will it make it easier on you now
With ivory horn in your tea


Chinese traditional medicine use of rhino horn leads to grim statistics from South Africa

One horn
One life
You mercilessly take them just to stop the snuffles in the night
One species
We all should share it
But they could soon be extinct if you don’t start caring for it

Did I disappoint you
Did my ivory tea leave a bad taste in your mouth
It did not cure your ailment,
So now you need to cut another tusk

Too late,
You’ve dragged your silly homeopathic recipes and it’s the rhino’s blight
Just one rhino, it costs us 45K to save them
We’ve got to carry them to Botswana
Carry them to Botswana

That is my Weird Al Yankovic attempt at seeking an alternative solution to stopping the slaughter. Any idea is a good idea in any war.

A better idea for saving the rhino is #JustOneRhino

Derek and Beverly Joubert through Rhinos Without Borders are proposing a move for 100 threatened rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. Botswana is a safer place for the species as it is a virtually corruption free, there are no accessible ports which makes smuggling more difficult, and they have a more stringent anti-poaching laws. The cost is not cheap though. It will cost $45,000 to move just one rhino or nearly 5 million for the whole enterprise.

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Derek and Beverly Joubert – Rhinos Without Borders – Photo by Beverly Joubert

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