A sad day, as it’s believed that no wild black rhinos remain. We have poachers and bush medicine to thank for this tragedy:
“You’ve got to imagine an animal walking around with a gold horn; that’s what you’re looking at, that’s the value and that’s why you need incredibly high security.”
(via BBC News)
Good one world.
This is tragic. I hate that I am part of a species that has such a low disregard for life. Fuck you humanity, just FUCK you.
Well congratulations world. We have succeeded in killing off one of Africa’s most iconic species. Lets all have one big hand for humanity shall we?
I think it is clear that this infuriates me to no end, and also that I find this news to be quite emotionally draining, however I believe that I can also take a step back and find a social explanation for how in the hell this occurred.
This subspecies of rhino was brought to extinction (and other subspecies are coming very close as well) solely due to extreme poaching and an inability to provide these creatures with adequate protection. Now, it is fair to say, I think, that if there had not been a demand for the horns of these beings, that there would have been next to poaching as well, and thus, I think it is then also legitimate to argue that Globalization, and its component of speed of trade can be somewhat to blame here.
Let me explain further. David Harvey explains Globalization as being a product of older modes of transportation and communication technologies merging with the incredible capacity of computers. These computers can then transmit information from these older media forms extremely rapidly therefore allowing these transmissions to go increasingly greater distances. David Harvey talks about this connection between space and speed explicitly and states that the greater the speed of movement of an object, the less space becomes an obstacle in distributing that object. Thus, speed and space exist in an inverse relationship. This is the backbone of Globalization which can be defined as the reorganization and coming together of the world’s economies.
In regards to trade and consumerism, Globalization (because of its connection with speed and space) allows for manufacturers of a product to immediately process consumer demand and then deliver the products to various locations all around the Globe. It is here that what has happened to the Black Rhino can be taken into account. Globalization allowed for the demand of their horns to become one of Global proportions (due due the limitations of speed and space this would previously have been impossible), where the desire for this product became the want of many instead of few (relatively speaking). Poachers then attempted to rise to these demands (with no regard to the environmental repercussions or the right to life that these creatures have, but I digress) and began killing the rhinos off at an increased speed until finally the consumer demand for these horns became so high, that the last rhino was destroyed. Globalization and specifically its interconnection with technology was probably also at play here since the distribution of these horns was in fact illegal, for it is much more difficult to police trades that are occurring over the internet than it is to control criminal acts in the “real” world.
It seems then, quite easy to make the connection between what happened to the Black Rhino and Globalization. If it were not for the pressures of Global demand then the rhino would not have been poached to this dramatic extent.
Yet another reason to fight against rising Globalization, am I right?