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Rhino Dehorning: A Drastic Move to Save Them

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 September 2023, 9:49 IST
Rhino Dehorning: A Drastic Move to Save Them

Rhino dehorning, though harsh, is a desperate attempt to stop rhino poaching and save these animals from extinction.

Rhino horns are sought after by some people for their status symbol, even though these horns have no proven medicinal value. The demand drives illegal hunting.


A video circulating on social media shows the dehorning of a rhino with a mechanical saw. This drastic measure is aimed at protecting rhinos from being killed for their horns. While the procedure is not without its challenges and controversy, it stands as a temporary solution in the race to protect rhinos from extinction.

Rhino populations are dwindling rapidly due to poaching. Poachers kill them for their valuable horns, which fetch high prices on the black market. Dehorning reduces the incentive for poachers, as a hornless rhino is less attractive.

Dehorning is indeed painful, but it's performed under strict guidelines to minimize harm. Local anaesthesia is used, and experts conduct the procedure.

This is not a long-term solution, though. To secure rhinos' future, we must tackle the root causes of poaching, including poverty and demand for horn products, while also improving law enforcement and conservation efforts. We need a comprehensive approach to ensure rhinos thrive without the constant threat of extinction.

First published: 23 September 2023, 9:42 IST