A new report has warned that nine rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga National Park in Assam this year. The Assam’s rhino conservation park that has been home for nearly 2,300 one-horned rhinos is in deep trouble while protecting the endangered species and stopping the illegal poaching incidents.
Out of nine rhinos that have been killed this year, seven were killed in Kaziranga while two rhinos were slaughtered in Oranag and Sonitpur district. According to officials, these adorable giants on the earth were killed for mere Rs 10,000 per killing. Most of the killing are done for their horn and leather which usually sells at more than Rs 1,00,000 in the international market.
Union minister Prakash Javedkar raised his concern towards the regular poaching incidence despite the tight security. He said that the government is making every possible effort to stop any illegal killing of endangered species for the sake of money. While acknowledging the fact that present efforts aren’t enough, he said that the Centre and the state government will put in more effort to curb poaching.
Javedkar also requested to local people for active participation and believes that they can be a great help in government’s mission of protecting rhinos.
According to a report, there were more than 5,00,000 rhinos on the earth at the start of 20th century. Since then numbers have declined exponentially due to excessive poaching and demand of horn in the international market.
According to the survey conducted by IUCN, there were 70,000 rhinos in 1970 which further fell to 29,000 in 2015. At present only five rhino species have left. By seeing these numbers, one can easily extract the fact that if necessary steps aren’t taken to protect these species now then the day is not far when there will not be any rhino in the world.
Moreover, it’s not only about rhinos, people have been killing several other endangered species including tigers and lions over the years and have forced these species at the verge of getting extinct. We can only protect our fauna with the collective efforts from Center government, state government and people itself.