Being in my early twenties, I frequently have to come to terms with the fact that not everyone in the world has compassion.
Despite this, any issues surrounding the mistreatment of animals are matters that I do not, and will not ever sit back and accept.
For those of you who are unaware, according to a review by the world’s largest conservation network, Africa’s Western black rhino has now officially been declared extinct.
Matters are only made worse by the fact that Simon Stuart, the chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, has declared in a statement that “The situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented.”
We are now being warned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature that other rhinos are suffering significantly as a result of poaching and the growing demand for ivory. The IUCN has stated that Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” and Africa’s Northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”
In order to put matters into perspective, I think it is important to inform you that the only surviving male Northern white rhino is currently under armed guard 24 hours a day in a bid to protect it from heartless arseholes.
The rhino’s name is Sudan and he is simply beautiful. He is well known for being the only remaining male of his subspecies as well as being the only male on the whole of the African continent.
Sudan’s horn has been removed for the benefit of his safety and that is nothing short of heartbreaking. In spite of this, Sudan’s safety is still greatly at risk.
The team of rangers looking after him are doing all in their power to protect the subspecies; however with their funding usually coming from money made through tourism, there has been a significant decrease as a result of Ebola (which is in fact thousands of miles away) and people wanting to stay away due to instabilities in Kenya.
There are many solutions that can prevent the loss of this stunningly majestic subspecies as long as there is a will, and as it turns out, there is.
The conservation team who are doing such wonderful work are known as Ol Pejeta and they are hoping to raise enough money through crowd funding in order to keep their wonderful none profit organisation working to the best of its ability.
Their appeal reads “Keeping the ranger team safe is expensive. They are given world-class training, and are kitted out with the latest in equipment and support, from night vision goggles to GPS tracking, to a team of tracking and support dogs.”
As well as going on to say “We are aiming to raise enough to safeguard the wages for the forty strong team for the next six months. This is £75,000. Any which way, every single pound contributed will help secure the rangers, that secure the rhino, for us and for future generations.”
I just wanted to say to the team at Ol Pejeta, thank you so much. People like you give me faith in humanity and I, and I’m sure a lot of people, are incredibly grateful for the amazing work that you are doing.
If you would like to donate then please go to Ol Pejeta’s “Go Fund Me” page at www.gofundme.com/olpejeta
It seems to me that everyone thinks that someone else should get off their arse. Don’t be one of those people.
Now, I could go on for paragraphs about the severity of this situation and why you should donate but instead, I’ll to leave it to Sir David Attenborough to tell you why:
“I think sometimes we need to take a step back and just remember we have no greater right to be here than any other animal.” – Sir David Attenborough
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never see an elephant except in a picture book?” – Sir David Attenborough
“The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lies upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.” – Sir David Attenborough
“I think we are lucky to be living when we are, because things are going to get worse.” – Sir David Attenborough
“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” – Sir David Attenborough
“Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps it’s time we control the population to allow the survival of the environment.” – Sir David Attenborough
“The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.” – Sir David Attenborough
“As the dominant species on this planet it is our moral duty to protect and preserve all forms of life. For species such as elephants and rhinos to be fighting for their existence due to human exploitation and interference is unacceptable and we must do everything within our power to turn this dire situation around. We are responsible for the problem and we must be held responsible for the solution. It will indeed be a very sad indictment on our species if Rhinos and Elephants are no more, and that day will come sooner than we think if we do not take action.” – Sir David Attenborough