Target: Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare
Goal: Stop amputating a large body part from rhinos to “protect” them from poachers.
A group of animal advocates in Africa have been removing the horns from rhinos with a chainsaw, supposedly to protect them from poachers. One might think this is simply a well-meaning but misguided gesture, but it is just as unethical as poaching the animals for their horns. The rhinos are drugged with tranquilizers and blindfolded before their horns are cut off and the stumps filed down. The process has been compared to trimming down a horse’s hooves.
This practice is supposed to lessen the appeal of hunting rhinos by taking away what the poachers are after. Unfortunately, this practice comes across as cruel and inhumane. The rhinos are forcibly drugged into having a part of their body removed. These people are not much better than the poachers.
Dehorning is essentially the same as declawing a cat. It is the amputation of a body part that will cause the animal pain before the long, grueling healing process is over. Rhinos do not deserve to suffer more than they already have. Sign this petition to stop this unethical practice.
Dear Mr. Downes,
Animal advocates in Africa are attempting to protect the rhino population by knocking them out and removing their horns while they sleep. This may seem like a well-meaning attempt to discourage poachers, but the ends do not justify the means when it involves forcibly removing body parts from animals. Poaching bans should simply be enforced and perpetrators punished severely–the rhinos themselves should not have to have their horns taken away because the advocates think it will protect them.
Please put a stop to this cruel and unethical practice and strengthen the ban against poaching. There are plenty of humane ways to protect an endangered species without them having to be harmed further than they already have.
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