Prince Harry Speaks Out About Rhino Poaching
Prince Harry had an emotional response a few days ago when being shown the body of both a mother rhino and her calf slaughtered in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The act was done by poachers, who according to the 31-year-old prince, turned Kruger National Park into a “major killing field”. He also stated the poachers would be caught, and that “this belongs to South Africa, and it’s been stolen by other people”, pointing to the bodies of the mother and her calf.
The prince joined the rangers who went to inspect the carcasses of both rhinos, who were trying to find any sort of DNA that could be used to identify the poachers and prosecute them. As the carcasses were already being picked at by vultures, Harry stated:
“You have to try to get to the carcass as quickly as possible to suck up all the evidence before the wilds of Africa take it…it’s always a race against time.”
According to the South African government, 750 rhinos have already been killed by poachers this year. Prince Harry had spent three months in South Africa earlier this year working with vets de-horning black rhinos to deter poachers, and was also working to help protect elephants, another animal hunted and killed for their tusks.
Just last week the moratorium in place on the domestic trade in rhino horns was reversed by a South African judge. Harry stated:
“It’s not for me to second guess a court or the legal reasons behind its decision, but what I strongly believe is that the legalization of rhino horn trading will accelerate the path to extinction.”
With documentaries made and activists and rangers continuing to speak out about the dangers of the rhino horn trade, Prince Harry’s dedication and commitment to the cause will hopefully bring in even more attention, and ideally, enough action to put an end to the “path to extinction”.
Prince Harry’s pictures of his time in South Africa detailing the work he is doing can be found on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.
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