Chewing on your finger nails has more health benefits than Rhino Horn
Yet somehow, this rather dull concoction has become accredited with bizarre medicinal values - able to cure everything from a headache to an evil curse. Even if this were true, even the most archaic medicinal practices had enough other (much cheaper and more humane) ways to treat these maladies, rendering the demand for rhino horn null and void.
Quite simply – rhino horn is NOT an aphrodisiac
Contrary to popular belief, rhino horn is not used as an aphrodisiac in Asian societies – this is a supposition spread by early Western writers trying to justify the cost of the substance.
Due to its scarcity and high price, the possession of rhino horn could however be seen as a status symbol to a degree; if you like to keep your illegal status symbols a secret that is. Rather book a safari and brag to your friends with photographs of all the wonderful African creatures you didn't have a hand in killing.
Conclusion: Rhino horn has no value whatsoever - not even to rhinos, who carry on happily regardless of being professionally dehorned.
On the other hand, a whole living and breathing rhino, with or without horns, is a priceless addition to any wildlife tourist destination and a vital part of the ecosystem. Watching these peaceful prehistoric animals ambling about on a game safari is an unforgettable experience with many benefits to the human psyche.
Studies also show that rhinos, just like every other part of nature, perform an important role in maintaining their savannah homelands. White rhinos mow down long grasses as they feed so that wildebeest and other short-grass grazers can thrive, while their black relatives keep the scrubby woodlands trimmed and under control.
Every part of nature deserves to be protected and nurtured. Imagine how much easier the task of the conservationist would be if all the money used to protect our rhinos from these vicious rumours was ploughed into conservation as a whole, and used for the benefit of the local people who are the custodians of our wildlife resources?