Why Do the Chinese Still Demand Rhino Horns?

Why Do the Chinese Still Demand Rhino HornsIf you care about wildlife, you would know that just like tiger skin, the horns of rhinos is one of the prized catch of poachers. So, what is it about these horns that make them such a prized item? Even today, there is a lot of demand for rhino horn across the world, and we will take a look at why the Chinese want it.

The Chinese usage of the rhino horns is rooted in history. They have been used as prized ornaments in China since as far back as the 7th century AD.

What do the Chinese use the horns for?

They can be found carved on various objects, like ceremonial cups, and even everyday things like buttons, paperweights, belt buckles etc. They are primarily considered ornamental because they are distinctive, they age beautifully and the luster increases with time.

Apart from this, rhino horns have held great importance in ancient Chinese healing. This is in fact prevalent in many Asian countries. In this system of Chinese medicine, the rhino horn is first either shaved or ground into a fine powder. Water is then boiled, and this rhino horn powder is put in it. This concoction is then used to treat many ailments like fever and gout. It is even said to cure snake bite and devil possession.

The Chinese history of the demand of rhino horns

In the 1970s and 1980s, the consumption of rhino horns in China was not much compared to other countries. It steadily rose in the next decade. In 1993, steps were taken to stop domestic trade. Existing stockpiles at the time were registered and sealed.

In the modern times, however, China continues to be a big concern in terms of rhino horn trade. With rhinos being near extinction in many places, efforts are being made to educate people and stop this manner of trade. Illegal trade, however, flourishes.

This is why organizations that aim to save rhinos are also trying to regulate ownership of cutting tools such as chainsaws (click here to find out why chainsaws are considered as very powerful yet dangerous cutting tools). By doing so, they hope that because not everyone has access to cutting tools, illegal rhino horn trade will go down. As such, rhino horns might just be too expensive that demand will eventually go down.


Rundown of the Best Fundraisers in the UK in 2016

Rundown of the Best Fundraisers in the UK in 2016When it comes to the best fundraisers in the United Kingdom for 2016, there are a lot of different events to choose from. With that being said, there are a few that really stand out from everything else that is going on. While there are a lot of good charities and equally interesting events that support those charities, these are the five that really seem to be the most popular. They support popular charities, they have a certain amount of flexibility built into them and they are a lot of fun. They also give participants an opportunity to raise a great deal of money for whatever charity you choose, thereby increasing their overall popularity.

1) London Marathon

This is easily the most popular event in the entire country. It features over 750 different charities and combines them into a single event that has become so popular that people come from all over the world in order to participate. Runners have the option of choosing which charity they want to run for and then attempting to raise as much money as possible, either through sponsorship or through direct fees. Make sure to invest in a pair of good running shoes if you intend on joining this marathon so you can support your chosen charity to the fullest.

2) Nightrider

This is a fun and rather unique event that should get any person who is a bicycling enthusiast excited. It allows people to ride their bicycles for 100 kilometers over a period of 10 hours, all for the charity of their choice. There are several events that take place in different cities, giving people the opportunity to choose which one they would like to participate in the most. As the name implies, the ride takes place at night, making the entire event even more fun, while simultaneously supporting a good cause.

3) Obstacle Race

This is another night time race that requires people to go through all kinds of obstacles. You can rest assured that if someone can think of it, you are probably going to have to do it in order to win this race. You even have to be able to dodge people with paintball guns that you can’t see because it is so dark. While this is a lot of fun, it also allows participants to support the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. What could be better than supporting a facility that helps children and having a great time in the process?

4) Midnight Challenge

This event supports the Alzheimer Society. It involves hiking and mountain climbing, all through some of the most beautiful areas of the country that you have ever seen. If you or someone you know has ever been touched by Alzheimer’s, you know how important it is to raise money for research. This is perhaps one of the best ways anyone has ever come up with to do exactly that.

5) Foundation Treks

This event supports the British Heart Foundation. Participants can choose from many different races in various locations throughout the year, effectively giving them their choice of where they want to take part in this event. In addition, you have the choice of choosing between 100 kilometers or half that distance. This is not like a traditional race, as most of the events take place in the countryside or even through the wilderness, giving individuals an opportunity to enjoy a newfound experience while raising money for something that is very worthwhile.

As you can see, there are plenty of events to choose from. Choose one that really speaks to your heart and then enjoy the experience. You will be glad you did.

Also read: Best Fundraisers for Animal Conservation in 2015