The Rhino Reality

Finally, I’m working on my second book about my life in South Africa. Here’s a little glimpse on my thoughts in Chapter 3:

“Do you recall the days of the 20th century when women’s rights were dictated by a law which prioritized the life of a fetus over the woman’s own life? How many women were butchered in illegal or backyard abortions? How many were deprived of the chance to ever have children or even worse, lost their lives due to this archaic law, which denied them the right of choice?
To me, this tragic example of an outdated, misguided and legal mistake that caused so many unnecessary deaths resembles a lot of the current situation with rhinos where an ineffective law dictates and probably condemns the future of the rhino’s existence by prioritizing their horns over their lives. I’ve realised that the rhino wars are not only about fighting rhino poaching but fighting an outdated system that no longer serves its purpose. As an avid animal lover and the wife of a deeply dedicated South African rhino-breeder, I have personally witnessed and experienced the effect of the national prohibitions and CITES ban on international trade in rhino horn during the past 8 years. Having lost 50 rhinos to poaching at our game reserves, I have arrived at an unshakeable conclusion- the law that does not benefit the rhino should not stay in place!”



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