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To Protect Rhinos, This National Park Just Shoots People (50 Poachers Killed So Far)
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To Protect Rhinos, This National Park Just Shoots People (50 Poachers Killed So Far)

Kaziranga National Park is a story of success when it comes to conservation of rhinos – but what they’ve done to achieve it is allowing its workers to shoot and even kill potential poachers. So far, the park has killed 50 people.

Rhinos are safe there – a century ago, there was only a handful of Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Now, the park hosts more than 2,400, which is two-thirds of the world’s population. However, little is talked about the fact that in 2015, more people were shot dead by park guards then the number of rhinos killed by poachers.

These people all went after rhino horn, as they could be sold for as much as $6,000 for 100g and are considerably more expensive than gold. They are mostly marketed as a miracle cure for everything from cancer to erectile dysfunction.

So yes, rhinos do need protection, but this has gone too far. National park’s workers can kill a person and get away with impunity. The question is, could this kind of punishment ever be justified? And how many innocent people were killed?

More info: Kaziranga National Park (h/t: bbc)

Kaziranga National Park is a story of success when it comes to conservation of rhinos – but they kill poachers

Image credits: PA

So far, the park has killed 50 people

Image credits: EPA

Rhinos are safe there – a century ago, there was only a handful of Indian one-horned rhinoceros

Image credits: Anupam Nath

Now, the park hosts more than 2,400, which is two-thirds of the world’s population

Image credits: Jonas Stenqvist

However, more people were shot dead by park guards then the number of rhinos killed by poachers

Image credits: PA

These people all went after rhino horn, as they could be sold for as much as $6,000 for 100g

Image credits: Emma Gatland

They are mostly marketed as a miracle cure for everything from cancer to erectile dysfunction

Image credits: Rudi Hulshof

So yes, rhinos do need protection, but this has gone too far

Image credits: Martin Harvey

National park’s workers can kill a person and get away with impunity

Image credits: Sebastien Degardin

The question is, could this kind of punishment ever be justified?And how many innocent people were killed?

Image credits: Michael Spain

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Tiffany Kraha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poachers know the risks when they try to kill endangered species. Something has got to be done. This isn't too far.

Brian Kemboi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Juan, I live in Kenya, Africa. People do not poach these animals for meat. No one does it not for close to 30 years now. The motivation is always the horns. Elephants are killed, de-horned and the carcass decompose. No one takes the meat. Currently, Kenya has the last three northern white rhinoes and they are past the point of reproduction. If such measures were taken, maybe these rhinoes would not be in this situation.

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Prashant Karnath
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am human... and I approve this approach.

Don Zirbel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES I want them to be killed...they respect nothing but personal profit and care nothing about the rest of life that shares this planet. They themselves have proven there is no other way to stop them, so they can rot on the ground for all I care.

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Delta Force
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

.The question is how many innocent Rhinos and other species may have been killed? Ask that too.....

Adriana Bosman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1,175 rhinos poached and killed in 2015 alone. So extremely sad

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Tiffany Kraha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poachers know the risks when they try to kill endangered species. Something has got to be done. This isn't too far.

Brian Kemboi
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Juan, I live in Kenya, Africa. People do not poach these animals for meat. No one does it not for close to 30 years now. The motivation is always the horns. Elephants are killed, de-horned and the carcass decompose. No one takes the meat. Currently, Kenya has the last three northern white rhinoes and they are past the point of reproduction. If such measures were taken, maybe these rhinoes would not be in this situation.

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Prashant Karnath
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am human... and I approve this approach.

Don Zirbel
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES I want them to be killed...they respect nothing but personal profit and care nothing about the rest of life that shares this planet. They themselves have proven there is no other way to stop them, so they can rot on the ground for all I care.

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Delta Force
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

.The question is how many innocent Rhinos and other species may have been killed? Ask that too.....

Adriana Bosman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1,175 rhinos poached and killed in 2015 alone. So extremely sad

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