Here’s more material for my new book 💥…
A Letter from Tanya Jacobsen, a Nature Conservation student, to some activists who collect donations on rhino blood and fight against my husband and me for calling for legalization of trade in rhino horn, where rhino stays alive:
I am a Nature Conservation student, a South African and a passionate wildlife-lover with many years of hands-on wildlife experience. I have worked closely with the Humes before, know them well and I applaud everything they are doing for rhinos despite the volatile and antagonistic response they receive from a largely misinformed and society.
At a time when a distant and largely ignorant community is dictating the fate of an entire species, based on politics, bureaucracy and misguided opinions, the Humes are some of the few individuals left that are actually, physically doing something about keeping rhinos safe, healthy and alive, without begging for funds that disappear into a bottomless pit of donations that rarely ever actually go to keeping rhinos safe.
The debate on horn trade legalisation is complex and unique and cannot be compared to diamonds, guns, drugs or even ivory. Rhino horn is a sustainable and renewable resource that can be removed by a veterinarian without causing any harm to the rhino. The horn regrows and a single rhino can produce a number of horns in its lifetime. It is absolutely ridiculous and pathetic that rhinos are being brutally slaughtered for a single horn.
Any true animal or wildlife-lover will be standing on their soapbox, calling for any measure and means that will keep these beautiful animals alive and wandering the African bushveld for generations to come.
The sooner the horn trade is legalised, the better, as it will encourage more and more people to keep, protect and breed rhinos, eventually leading to minimised pressure on our wild rhinos.
Before making derogatory comments about people and their attempts to help rhinos, based on the opinions of Facebook friends, go and meet them and spend a little time among the gentle giants they protect. Hear their story. Walk their path for a day or two.
Before jumping up and down with opinions on wildlife management and conservation in an ever-demanding and consuming world (of which you are all a large part), become informed, at a deeper level than what Facebook and funding-based organisations organisations are portraying. Greed is disguised in many forms.
Ultimately, ask yourself what would be best for our rhinos, keeping in mind that not legalising an international trade in horn has been absolutely, catastrophically and devastatingly disastrous for them.
If you still can’t or won’t get your head around that, ask yourself this: With rhinos around the world having already run out of time at an alarming rate, surely it’s worth a desperate, final shot to save the ones left here?
How sad it would be to have to admit that we failed the rhino because we refused to do anything differently…