This is essential reading if you want to truly understand the rhino issue and contribute meaningfully to the ongoing debates.
It reads like a serial murder investigation and yet this is a blow-by-blow account of the underworld of illegal rhino poaching and horn trading, extracted during years of often life-threatening investigative journalism.
Make no mistake, there are some harsh realities we all need to face up to, and these are explained extremely well in this book. Sometimes I had to put the book down (well, iPad actually) and pace the garden before continuing. This goes way beyond the rhino issue, to the massive illegal international wildlife trafficking industry, which ranks up there with drugs and weapons for profits, corruption and blind savagery.
I have played my part in numerous social media debates about rhino poaching and observe how people with similar concerns often end up battering away at each other as if they are mortal enemies. Perhaps this is because the debates are driven mainly by frustrated emotion as we all flounder around with low levels of true understanding.
‘Killing for Profit’ helped me make sense of it all. I now understand the context – why our precious rhino (and elephant, lions, pangolins etc) are being massacred in massive numbers. It’s ugly and it’s huge, but at least now I can see where this all comes from. Now what we need is the will and commitment to take on these massive forces and corrupt governments, to use citizen power to truly stop this massacre.
Start on your journey by reading the book.
I read ‘Killing for Profit’ on my iPad via the Kindle app.
Find out more here: http://killingforprofit.com/the-book/buy-it/
All photographs not with a copyright symbol were supplied to Africa Geographic by Julian Rademeyer.
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