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Rhino dehorning conflict rages

Rhino dehorning conflict rages

The government’s planned rhino dehorning exercise has been castigated by 
some stakeholders as having negative repercussions for the animals.
by Michelle Chifamba

“Dehorning the rhino is similar to removing a bulldog’s teeth or the balls 
of the bull,” said one environmentalist at the recent Rhino Celebrations 

“Considering that the horns are the pride of any animal, removing them will 
simply make the rhino less proud amongst its own kin,” said Prosper Mapuza.

According to experts the black rhino uses its horn to pull foliage when 
browsing and the female rhino uses it to help a newborn calf to its feet.

According to Dr William Fowlds, a wildlife expert, the animals also use 
their horns to defend themselves from predators like lions.

The government has imposed lengthy jail terms for convicted poachers, but 
continued international demand for the horns has meant that poaching is on 
the increase.


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