POLL: Should zoos protect rhinos by removing their horns?

POLL: Should zoos protect rhinos by removing their horns?

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A Czech has said it will use a chainsaw to remove the horns from its herd of rare rhinos after a brutal attack last week in a French where shot dead a white and hacked off its horns.

“It’s for the sake of rhino safety,” Andrea Jirousova, spokeswoman for the zoo in the central Czech town of Dvur Kralove nad Labem, said.

The Dvur Kralove zoo currently has a herd of 21 black and southern white rhinos Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

“The attack (in France) put us on alert, the danger is really intense,” she said, but declined to reveal when the surgery would take place.

On 7 March, the zoo in Thoiry near Paris said unknown intruders had broken security barriers and killed a male rhino of the critically southern white subspecies for its horns.

Black market sells for up to $60,000 (€56,400) per kilo – more than gold or cocaine – with most demand from China and Vietnam where it is coveted as a and aphrodisiac.

Jirousova said vets would put the rhinos under anaesthesia before removing their horns with a chainsaw and filing the sharp edges.

“We have never done this because of poachers. We did it for other reasons like transport or health concerns,” she added.

Dvur Kralove is the world’s only zoo to have succeeded in the captive breeding of the extremely rare northern white rhino.

In 2009, it placed three northern white rhinos – one male and two females – in the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya.

They are the last survivors of this subspecies, but they are not capable of breeding.

The zoo said Tuesday experts would try to remove eggs from the two females at Ol Pejeta this year to save the subspecies by means of in-vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer to surrogate mothers.

The northern has been nearly wiped out by hunting and for their horns, and by wars in Africa, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 15 Mar 2017.

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Raymond Jenner

Unfortunately Andeana these idiot poachers kill the animal to take its horn, they give the animal no mercy, they see no value in keeping it alive, so they kill it. Far better that they live, albeit hornless, than be murdered into extinction.

Raymond Jenner

In an ideal informed World, Rhino horn would be seen for exactly what it is, but the World is not, it is ignorant , Greedy and Merciless and believes in stupid Myths. Rhinos need protecting from these ignorant stupid people.

Andreana Sutherland

Should zoo’s protect rhinos (from poachers)? YES. Should they do this by removing their horns? Absolutely NO. There are much better and more effective ways to protect these animals than by maiming them. This practice is not for the animals benefit or protection, this is a cheap and lazy way to safeguard the zoo’s profits. Employing trained and committed people to maintain the animals safety and security on a 24 hour basis (potentially also capturing and prosecuting the poachers, too) is a much better option, but financially it costs more so zoo’s won’t do it. I am against zoo’s anyway,… Read more »

Andrei Hanches

At first glance, removing the horn from a captive rhino, just to prevent poaching is a great idea. Or is it? I find it hard to grasp, how can a ZOO with trained staff, can’t manage the issue otherwise. If wild rhinos in Africa are under 24h watch by armed guards, and still losses occur.. A more controlled location such as Paris ZOO for example, should insure full time protection of the animals with no problem. Hornless rhinos, are no longer true rhinos.

Mars Greenwood

If it will save their lives…YES~!