Walking down the Hollywood road in the streets of Hongkong was sad,watching the shops selling rhino antiques and elephant tusks end products was heartbreaking.However this day we walked to these shops,The fear of confrontation was a concern,but we never cared,the horns we were seeing were from dead elephants and rhinos,and because we represented all the rangers and conservationists on the ground,take it this way,on average more than 100 rangers die every year on this war.On average 3 rhinos have to die everyday for their horns.Our courage being was it Was the best thing to do for the voiceless.
In any case,for them to sell these products they need to have an openly displayed Licence,my confidence was built in that we were potential buyers,To our surprise the key shops were closed.We peeped through the windows, if it was right why did they shut down their shops at the middle of a working day.
Earlier on we had visited a shop,where we had seen an ivory ball,made with 30 other smaller balls fused together costing $ 25000,some of the sellers say that some of the horns are from years ago when trade was legal.This struck me,maybe some of these including what the Bonham’s are up to auction are some horns from the Nothern white rhinos.And I together with my colleagues are their everyday witnessing the wrath of their near extinction.its a shame.
My hope was that we could have some open up,admit to their “legal” selling of these rhino and elephant antiques,and from an honest ground tell them we are witnessing the existence of the last two female rhinos known to exist because the market is there.
At the end,my prayer was that if we all can join hands we can fight against and use our voices to defend our mother planet.
My question is” who are those that willing to put away their shame,their positions and societal standards and fight for those who can’t and neither speak for themselves”
Even using your hand to sigh a petition or joining a demonstration is a contribution to stoping the trade and the killing.