Rhino horn poaching threatens the whole species according to a recent article in New Scientist which can be accessed below
Rhino horn is, in fact, principally Keratin which is a key component of toenails, fingernails and human hair. Traditionally used in Chinese/ Asian medicine as a cure for fevers or convulsions, its effectiveness is not supported by evidence-based medical research and it has now been removed from the Chinese Medicine Pharmacopeia.
So here’s a short rhyme which makes that point. If an ecologically minded pop group took the words, gave them a strong beat and a catchy tune and posted it on the web, who knows, it could prove a way of helping to reduce the market… then, of course, someone might like to translate it for the Chinese pop world! As I’ve no links into pop culture, if any reader who has would pass it on or tweet it, that would be great.
SAY 'NO' TO THE HORN OF RHINOS
for you might as well chew your toenails
or swallow your hair as a cure
than pay through the nose
for a black-market dose
of rhino-horn - pointless for sure.
This image horrendously makes the point: it comes from the Pro Track Anti-poaching Unit, South Africa via 'Wildlife Extra'.