Nikki schools you on critical thinking part 1: On dyeing tusks to prevent poaching

This post keeps going around on Facebook and friends post or tag me in it because they know I am passionate about elephants and rhinos.

dye tusks pink

Unfortunately this is neither accurate, nor the answer to end the horrific decimation of these two valuable and important species.

Read the Snopes response.

  1. Rhino horns aren’t ivory, they are keratin. There is a grain of truth to the IDEA BEHIND rhino story but it is not viable for a variety of reasons. Read more on Save the Rhino.
  2. It would be impossible to dye elephant tusks for a number of reasons and is completely impractical. Here’s a response from a conservation biologist. 
  3. Elephant and rhino poaching and the horrific ivory trade is still a massive problem that needs government intervention before both species are decimated.
  4. One elephant is still killed every 15 minutes. Learn more, and learn how you can help at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s iWorry campaign site

It took me less than 10 minutes to pull these resources together through a basic Google. My concern is that the false hope generated by these erroneous posts will spread complacency about the slaughter, which is still very real and very urgent. Please spread the word.

 

 

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