I have read many articles in the last couple of months discussing the plight of the Rhino, some mentioning fundraising, others the validity of actually caring since there are millions of people that are living in poverty etc. etc.
Let me be clear: perhaps I see this too simply but as far as I'm concerned the rhino in this country are 'owned' by the people of this country (much in the way the minerals and land are blah blah). I may not actually physically have a rhino in my back yard but I consider it one of my possessions and I would like my children to be in a position to see one in the wild where it belongs.
In my mind, when a poacher kills a rhino he is attacking my property and, more specifically South African property, which I consider to be an attack on the sovereignty of our country. What is stopping the government from deploying teams of snipers and other military patrols including drones to prevent this invasion of our territory simply to destroy?
To expect the public to organise cycling trips, donate spare change and purchase plastic horns to raise funds to put a helicopter in the sky to aid park rangers when they are up against organised, armed and trained infiltrators is a nice gesture but, in my mind, entirely nonsensical.
It's not been dubbed the 'war on rhino' for nothing...
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