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Hornless

There is something incredibly sad about this, this is what we have done, this is what it has come to. Humanity’s separation from themselves and all that is around them leads to this. You only have to look into the eyes of one of these animals (or any animal) to understand they are sentient beings, not dumb anythings.

I had driven to a private reserve in KZN to test a new lens and this is one of the first images I made. Even a new lens could not distract me from the sadness in this Rhino’s eyes. Reports state that this rhino was darted along with another two, and their horns harvested by poachers. The other two did not survive. This is not done by someone desperately trying to feed his family, it’s perpetuated by some professional prick getting rich.

On my angry days I would like to see anyone involved in the rhino horn trade lose a body part, but on sensible days I know this will only stop when the market for horns collapses. The only way we can achieve this is through education. Once people start to understand that the medicinal properties of the rhino horn is akin to eating your own fingernails, we may see a drop in demand.