Saturday, February 25, 2012
I ran another twenty miles yesterday before working a full day and then going to a pre-Oscar party. I am beat but also encouraged by an email I received from Lorinda Hern, daughter of Ed Hern, who is at the forefront of this battle. She and her organization were recently in the news because her unorthodox method of trying to protect the remaining rhinos from poachers backfired, and one of the rhinos, Spencer, died. He was twenty years old, and they think he had an adverse reaction to the anesthetic. He was from The Hern's reserve, which also houses many of the orphans from this terrible war. You can watch the link about them here. It is sad and fascinating and enraging all at once.
While their methods are controversial, it may be the only way to get the attention of the people who erroneously use rhino horn as a cure all. Once we eliminate the need, we eliminate the threat. The fact that the poachers are like a small militia-with helicopters, night vision gear and weapons-means that we as a global nation have to step up our support and work together. Please donate! And thank you to those who already have.....