Kaziranga National Park will do anything to protect rhinos, including allowing workers to shoot and kill potential poachers. So far the park has killed 50 people, all while saving thousands of rhinos. A century ago, there were hardly any Indian one-horned rhinoceros left, and today the park is home to over 2,400 of these beautiful beasts.
In 2015, there were more people shot dead by park guards than rhinos killed by poachers at Kaziranga National Park. Poachers are still willing to risk their lives in order to score rhino horns, which are worth $6,000 for 100g. In other words, rhino horns are worth more than gold. Rhino horns are in such hot demand because they are falsely advertised as a miracle cure for a wide range of things, including cancer and erectile dysfunction.
Some people are all for killing poachers, but there’s a possibility that innocent people are getting killed in the process. Giving park guards the indefinite right to shoot and kill anyone suspicious means someone can get away with murder—rightful or not.
The park is home to 2,400 Indian one-horned rhinoceros, that’s 2/3 of the world’s population.
While the park is doing an excellent job preserving the lives of rhinos, some people are worried they are taking things too far.
After all, the park has shot and killed 50 people suspected of poaching.
What do you think: Has the park gone too far? Or are no lengths too great in order to save an entire species from greedy poachers?
Regardless what you think about the park's shoot and kill policy, it's one awesome (and much needed) place. Learn more about the Kaziranga National Park via the official park website.