- Posted October 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Face torn off, and fearful of us to the end.
I've seen this suffering, touched it, yet a tourist in Africa cannot truly grasp what's being lost. It takes dedicated and skilled teams of trackers to instil a touch of hope and trust in humanity. One organisation is the IAPF in Zimbabwe whose cause would bring tears to the eyes of everyday people in our lush habitat of the West. They are fighting back, they are arming and training their trackers, using both drones and education - they are holding the thin grey line which is tenuously keeps the Big Game animals' DNA on this planet.
So what do you do if you ever confront such a glorious animal in such complete agony - likely your yaw will drop and your heart will race. But spare a thought for those who honestly believe in the medicinal powers of powdered horn, or those who feel a rush of pride exhibiting a horn on their desk, or who are the middle-men scalping a reward through sourcing the product.
Horn can be grown, cut ethically without killing the animals. A terrible abuse yes, but one which should surely be explored before even the IAPF are overwhelmed.