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.


Best Fundraisers for Animal Conservation in 2015

Best Fundraisers for Animal Conservation in 2015

Our habits and practices have led us towards great achievements and advancements in numerous industries. From business and finance, to medicine and engineering, we’ve managed to create great conveniences for our race in just a short amount of time. While we’re constantly growing, changing, and adapting however, the world around us seems to be lagging behind. Animals and natural resources are rapidly decreasing and are taking the brunt brought on by the by-products of our achievements.

Numerous organizations and individuals have taken a stand against big corporations, businesses, and brands that fail to adapt an environmentally conscious way of operation. Countless fundraisers and events have been put into action to help come up with the finances to sustain and support environmental and animal conservation causes. In 2015, we were able to take part in a multitude of different animal conservation fundraisers that didn’t only offer an impressive roster of fun activities, but a practical way of helping animal species in need.

Run for the Wild

Run for the Wild is an annual fundraiser that offers a great deal of fun events and activities for the whole family. This yearly event is spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and is held in New York City. The main event consists of fun runs with different distances, each with its own designated prize. Other activities include fun games and prizes fit for any member of the family.

Earth in Concert

This animal conservation fundraiser put together the talents of numerous Grammy award winning talents to come up with finances to benefit the Global Wildlife Conservation organization. The event was held in LA last November 11, 2015 and was sponsored by numerous big names in the business industry. The goal was to raise awareness on the current situation of global wildlife and to encourage people to protect the planet in order to sustain animals all over the world.

Wild at Heart

At the Chattanooga Zoo last February 12, 2015, guests were invited to take part of Wild at Heart, a unique Valentine’s celebration with the goal of raising funds and awareness for animal conservation causes. This was a cocktail event that invited lovers and couples to enjoy stunning sights, music created by popular DJs with their mixers, and activities at the zoo such as full access to an open bar, specialty hors d’oevures, guided tours in the specially designed Love Shack, and a close look at the mating habits of the animals at the Chattanooga Zoo.

WildAid Gala

This event was hosted by Montage Beverly Hills and managed to raise $2.5 million USD for WildAid’s programs for the coming year. The gala was attended by high-profile celebrities, personalities, public figures, and politicians. The night provided live entertainment, delicious dishes, drinks, and hearty conversation all around. Authorities in the world of animal conservation were invited to speak as guests at the event and help spread awareness and encourage support for many struggling species throughout the world. This was one of the many successful animal conservation fundraisers in 2015.

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