"Not if we do it first!" — rhino rangers, to rhino poachers
5 Ways We’re Screwing With Wild Animals (For Their Own Good)

#4. Sawing Off Rhino Horns to Prevent People from Sawing Off Rhino Horns
A rhino horn is basically a fingernail that evolved into a murder weapon and has no more curative properties than the filthy bits under your own nails, but you can still get $100,000 a kilo for ground-up rhino horn in Vietnam. … Sadly for the rhino, dehorning is usually carried out by ill-informed criminal dickwads with stubby fingers made nearly useless by decades of severe inbreeding, and thus the “surgery” is almost always fatal. So rangers came up with a novel solution to stop dehorning: dehorning.
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"Not if we do it first!" — rhino rangers, to rhino poachers

5 Ways We’re Screwing With Wild Animals (For Their Own Good)

#4. Sawing Off Rhino Horns to Prevent People from Sawing Off Rhino Horns

A rhino horn is basically a fingernail that evolved into a murder weapon and has no more curative properties than the filthy bits under your own nails, but you can still get $100,000 a kilo for ground-up rhino horn in Vietnam. … Sadly for the rhino, dehorning is usually carried out by ill-informed criminal dickwads with stubby fingers made nearly useless by decades of severe inbreeding, and thus the “surgery” is almost always fatal. So rangers came up with a novel solution to stop dehorning: dehorning.

That wasn’t a typo.

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