Our Captives Cease To Exist!
On Tuesday 17th March 2017 the body of Vince – a four year old white rhinoceros was found shot dead with his horn removed with a chainsaw – another cruel and disgusting act of poaching – not too dissimilar to the many deplorable stories that we read about in the news in this world of ours, but Vince’s barbaric murder is different – for this beautiful animal was found slaughtered in his own sanctuary at the Thoiry Zoo near Paris, France.
Shot three times in his head and one horn removed whilst his second horn was partially hacked off – two other rhinos in the enclosure were unharmed – suggesting the poachers had run out of time to carry out more of this heinous crime.
To say it saddens me is an understatement – it sickens and disgusts me on so many levels. This magnificent animal should have been safe but instead found himself the victim of a brutal home invasion which resulted in his death.
It is bad enough to read of the killings and illegal massacres of our planets species almost daily in their natural habitat but to read of this butchery in a supposedly secure conservation environment is unthinkable – in simple terms it really means that NONE of the species are safe from extermination from greed driven and hate filled annihilators
There is always the controversy that Zoos are wrong – that the species should be left in their natural habitat and we should protect and safeguard their futures and l agree, but if we are to stand a chance to build up numbers of certain species then conservation projects are also an absolute necessity. Of course not all animal collections can be kept nor should be kept in captivity – but we do need to DO something to preserve what was once.
Vince’s death is thought to be the first of its kind in Europe – a protected animal destroyed in its safe haven in captivity. I shudder at the prospect of what this could mean for other game parks and zoos and have to question at just how far the potentiality of this could go?
How safe are our protected captives really?
Vince was shot dead, brutally murdered, and slaughtered in his own environment despite the zoo’s security protection and on site staff? Verifying that absolutely nowhere is safe from this type of determined attack.
We only have to go back to last year and remember the very sad death of Harambe in the Cincinnati zoo, or the two lions in Santiago or even the African Painted Dog incident in 2012 – sure all different incidents and yet the one constant was human encounters gone wrong.
In January of this year in the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, “Satao II” – one of the last tusker elephants was found dead, killed by poachers using a poisoned arrow – another equally disturbing and upsetting episode in the history of our earth.
Mankind is hunting everything into extinction via poaching or trophy hunting, medical necessity, technological progression, suburbanisation or tourist entertainments and let’s not forget the supposed aphrodisiacal consumers whose appetite is forever insatiable
These designs came around for a number of different reasons mostly due to the senseless hunting of wildlife that has resulted in many species being made extinct or on the brink of their end. It is said that we lose more than 10,000 species a year – every year – which is much faster than the natural course of extinction for species.
“If there are 100,000,000 different species on earth – with an extinction rate of 0.01% every year – then at least 10,000 species go extinct every year!’
As in totally gone, not just popped out for a generation or two – no, completely and utterly wiped from the planet – they cease to exist!
Primates, rhinoceros, turtles, elephants, tigers, dolphins, alligators, lions, snow leopards and pangolins, sharks, eagles and cranes to name just a few all face extinction because of man – the biggest of all the predators!
Whilst nature has her own ability to ‘clean up shop’ if you wish the biodiversity crisis is manmade and not just an ecological sleight. The natural extinction rate was much slower back in the days of the Dodo and the Tyrannosaurus whom were expunged through a geological mass extinction and not one spurred on by human desires!
No, man is ultimately and totally responsible for our own destruction and sadly theirs too!
Until the senseless killings stop and our world unites in one agreement for global conservation tomorrow’s children’s children as adults will never know who Vince, or Harambe, or Cecil or even Saito II were – or worse what they were.
Trust me when l say that is sooner than you may think!
Rory Matier – The Tee Shirt Blogger