MEASURES TO PROTECT RHINOCEROS FROM GOING INTO EXTINCTION Man according to Aristotle is a pleasure and self-seeking animal, this pleasure and self-seeking nature of man (hedonism) is what has endangered other creatures of God. It’s only man among the creation of God that is solely dependent on other creatures for his daily survival thereby making him an enemy to his environment. Rhinoceros belong to the mammal family in the animal kingdom, they are large heavy animal found in Africa and south Asia. This animal has very thick skin and has either one or two horns on its nose. They are endangered speeches because of the horns it possess and the medicinal value attached to it, this animal is being hunted by two groups of people, the first are the local and native people who hunt down and kill this animal for medicinal purposes, the second class of people that hunted this people are from the international community who attached so much value and importance to the horn of the Rhinoceros as a precious thing to acquire as such this animal is being hunted down and the horn sold at very expensive price. This activities of man has endanger the existence of this animal given the fact that the reproduction rate of this animal is very slow as such it could not repealish its stock for survival compare to the rate its been killed, the resultant effect is the extinction of this precious animal from the face of the earth. As the president of a country having the problem of excessive killing of Rhinoceros that has almost resulted into the extinction of these animals, the following measures will be taken to preserve these animals for posterity. My first move will be to setup a department of forestry, that will train forest guards and forest rangers that will patrol the location where the these animals are located on a 24 hours basis, these forest personal will be harmed with guns, there will be a legislation prohibiting the killing of these animals, offenders will be made to face life jail terms and their properties confiscated by government. The areas where these animals are found will be up graded to the status of a National Park, this will ban hunting in that area, the villagers will be integrated into the protection of these animal after giving them proper education on why these animals must not be killed but protected. The next move will be to re-orient and educate the natives on the importance of these animals and why they should be protected, then one would find an alternative medicine for use to the villagers, a more cheaper and effective one that would make them stop using the horn of the animal as medicine and revert to the new one provided by the government.
Secondly, the traditional medicine practice will be formalized and institutionalized, by this I mean that traditional doctors will be registered and a broad of traditional medicine will be setup, their role is to make sure that the horn of this animal is not used for the preparation of this medicine, but the alternative provided by the government is used. Government will confer a National honor and also place monerty value on any one who gives useful information on hunters of Rhinoceros and exposed the local market where the parts of these animals are sold. The next step of government would be to hold any local authority, state or federal agency responsible where such act still take place. On the foreign angle my government will find out which part of the world they take the horns to, having identified the country or countries as the case may be, I will appeal to the government of such countries to legislate a law prohibiting such practice in their country. The foreign government should setup task force to enforce and implement any law passed by the legislative, declare the possession of such thing a criminal offence, help to fund conservation foundation that will educate the buyers of these horns on the bad effect of their actions, great effort will be placed on eradication offf the international market. The United Nation Organisation will be involved in the campaign to preserve these animals, UNO should be able to place sanction on any country that provides market for these horns and the dealers should be made to trial in the world court. The government of the country where the animals are killed and the government where the horns are sold should see to the strict implementation of the various laws. The home government should improve the lot of the natives so that they will have reason to live and not endanger their own lives through the hunting of these animals.