They have done that but there is a big debate going on about that. because some people feel that without the horn the rhino cannot defend themselves, that poacher will still kill the animal since the ranger wont cut all the way and the price of the damn horn is mucho more than gold so anything they can get they will get. And there where many other things there. Some people want it to be legalized so the owners of the ranches or parks can sell the horns and the killing would stop (not really). there are alot of ideas floating around. And while somebody comes up with something the poor guys keed dropping dead.
This is sad, but are you sure there's no sampling bias there?
It's possible the numbers could be good news- for example:
What if before there were many more Rhinos killed, but they were just unreported/uncounted? So maybe the numbers have gone down.
Rising numbers can mean two things:
1. That more are being killed
2. That the reporting is better/there is less corruption/people are taking counting them and controlling the problem more seriously.
The arrest numbers also seem to be climbing faster than the death toll (~40% vs. ~35%), which is good news and implies a reduction in corruption or better law enforcement efforts. Given the political climate, it's easy to imagine that there were hundreds of unaccounted for deaths under the table annually in the past (police paid off, books cooked).
The real measure of Rhino deaths is the supply and cost of Rhino horn on the black market.
Anyway, just something to think about- you may know all of this already, this is not my area of expertise
Sampling Bias? explain? I cannot say exact numbers of rhinos I am not there to count them. BUT i trust my sources. I don't use any source I find in the web. I have been in Visual Journalism for more than a decade. I understand that sometimes people can exaggerate numbers. I do. In terms of rhinos right now. I think there are more killed than the ones that are reported. It depends on what kind of rhino you are looking. Some species have only from 30 to 40. The white rhino is the most numerous so it is the one being targeted now. The arrests of course it's because there are many many more people trying to supply demand and also because there is more patroling.In 2007 there where only 13 killed, to jump to those higher numbers.. well of course it is going to ruffle some feathers. If you say by being biased that I am fabricating numbers you are wrong. Plus all the sources I use are right there. check them out if you need to, I have no problem and I stand by the work I do. I am not perfect so I might make many many mistakes but being biased?. Of course i am against animal depredation yes but as a journalist I cannot inflate numbers that are put out. I hope that explains everything. feel free to contact me with any other doubts you might have from my work I welcome them.
"If you say by being biased that I am fabricating numbers you are wrong."
No, not at all. I don't think YOU are biased.
I'm saying the counting itself may be better now than it was. It's called a "sample bias".
For example, maybe in 2007 there were really 500 rhinos killed, but only 13 reported. Maybe the police and government agencies were bribed (they were more corrupt then), and maybe poor counting methodology lost track of how many (leaving it as more of a conservative estimate).
Fast forward to today, and the estimate may be much more accurate.
Ever year, we do better at keeping track of the number of rhinos, and fewer and fewer are killed in secret.
I'm not accusing you of being biased at all; I know you wouldn't misreport the numbers.
"there is more patroling"
That's good And that is represented in the arrest numbers too, which is good. Like I said, arrests increased by about five percentage points- that's good news!
So every year, there are fewer people hunting rhinos as this continues.
Of course, we need to keep trying harder. I'm just saying that there may be more to it too.
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH ok now I get you. And I get it. but the whole "new wave" of killing is now headed by Viet Nam. I totally agree that there might be animals there that get killed and nobody ever sees them or reports them. I was reading something on shark fining the other night how some numbers are reported but in reality like 40% or more goes unreported. I think I happens all over. Africa is abig place. But the thing is that also they finished the Western Black Rhino, so now these guys are coming to South Africa. In South Africa they are more prepared to deal with these issues and I think that is why we see the numbers and also the increase in arrests. But organization out there have a very good system of counting and keeping track because they know that these animals are endangered they send groups. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I think I try hard to be unbiased but of course in this case well yeah I am trying to save animals but I would never change data. That stuff comes back and haunts you. And plus you loose credibility as an Info graphic artist.
"In South Africa they are more prepared to deal with these issues and I think that is why we see the numbers and also the increase in arrests. "
Oh, that totally makes sense. So, they might have been killing the same number before, but just in other countries which are not able to count (or are so corrupt that the government gets money from the killing). And now that the poachers moved to South Africa, they're getting arrested, and the true situation is being revealed.
"But organization out there have a very good system of counting and keeping track because they know that these animals are endangered they send groups."
Yes, I think for some of the critically endangered ones in some regions. Though it's hard for them to count everywhere.
The best count is to go to the countries where people use rhino horn, and try to find it there. Supply and demand.
Unfortunately, the poaching will never end until we target the people who are buying the horn.
That's a problem, because people who buy the horn don't feel responsible for killing the animals- although it is actually more their fault than the poachers (by buying it, they order and fund the killing).
It's the same with the animal agriculture industry in the first world- virtually nobody feel responsible for killing a cow, no matter how much McDonalds they eat.
It's sad. People just need to be more informed and take responsibility for what they buy.
true very true. It's just a very hard battle right now, I wish i could do more, I wish I could be everywhere. I guess that is why I started the Silent One, in my imagination she goes and kills the poachers...
I really can't understand it. Why do people do something like this? I mean, in the end they gain nothing from this, just less life on the earth. And then seeing it as the content of a horror movie, when humans are the ones to be killed one by one. But not many people realize that these horror movies are true... just only the victims are others. ):
Yes it is very sad . because in our lifetime species are dissapearing at a higher rate than in any other time (when humans have been present)... I dont get it either. And why keep at it is beyond my comprehension.
very true I agree. In 2009 they brought some white rhinos (3) from the Check Republic I think to bring in more genes and get them to breed. but they need more than that. yeah at some point you have to make a desicion and crossbreed tham, I wonder who makes those desicions. Great point
Can I re-post this on my Facebook profile if I credit you and link back to this one in the description? This really is an excellent and beautiful info-graphic! I would just share it to Facebook but it doesn't even show it in the thumbnail if I do, much less large enough to read any.
yeah, I ask myself the same thing every day. TWO subspecies o rhino went extinct last year. it's also embarrassing as a human being to let this happen, and for nothing, nothing at all. Even if somebody cures it's fever or Whatever they use it. it' more about the mental power than anything else.
I didn't know that. Human beings are destroying natural life much faster than I realized. Oh I agree. And for those of us that care about animals, we get mocked for it. It just makes no sense to me, how people can be so utterly clueless. That's so sickening. That's true.
Anytime. If you ever need help with helping animals in any way, just let me know. I actively protest for animal rights and endangered species.
Anytime. I can certainly do that. ^^ I'm even making some tiger endangerment awareness ads for magazines. I'll do that for Rhinos as well in next month's issue. In the meantime I will spread the word on dA and at school. ^^
It's so sad. The painting of the rhino is beautifully done, but so graphic and just drives the message home. Why are rhinos poached anyway? I know people want the horns, but what ever for? I vaguely remember something about medicine...
well it is used in Chinese traditional medicine for a bunch of stuff. But the new thing is in Viet Nam there is this story about a guy ( a politician if I remember right) who cured his cancer with rhino horn, so now there is this huuuuge demand for it. Viet Nams is driving most of the poaching and killings at the moment. But China also uses it.