Ask Elle Macpherson to Stop Taking Rhino Horn

In spite of the medical facts that call the ingestion of Rhino Horn "quackery": supermodel and entrepreneur, Elle Macpherson has admitted to ingesting the controversial Chinese medicine in an interview with The Times Online because  "[it] works for me". She went on to say the illegal substance tastes like "crushed bone and fungus". 

The consumption of rhino horn and other such "medicines" is the financial support of the illegal poaching industry. The demand for these medicines, which are said to cure anything from fever to menstrual cramps and high blood pressure, are responsible for the decline in Black Rhino populations since the 1970s.   

Four of the world's five rhino species are threatened with extinction; three of of which are considered Critically Endangered. During the World Cup - 2 female Black Rhinos were butchered by gangs of poachers, left to die in the bush with only their horns removed. Last year, 122 rhinos were poached in South Africa and this year, if the current rate continues, 180-200 more will be killed. As of 2009 there are 800 rhinos remaining in Zimbabwe and 1,570 black rhinos in all of South Africa.

 The Aisian Rhinos, which are preferred for these medicines, are even more critically endangered. There are currently 250-400 Sumatran Rhinos and approximately 100 Javan Rhinos remaining in the world. 

The medicinal benefits have been proven to be a fallacy. In 1990, Chinese researchers determined that the extract "could slightly lower fever in rats." The concentrations ingested in capsules are many times lower. As the horn is made largely of Keratin, one would do just as well to chew on their fingernails. 

We are asking for Ms. Macpherson to become an advocate for these species not a reason for their extinction. 

Copies of this petition will be e-mailed and faxed to her offices directly. 

 

 

 

 

If

Recently, you admitted to The Times Online that you take endangered and illegal rhino horn. 
We the undersigned would like to point out some facts and ask you to become an advocate for these animals:
The consumption of rhino horn and other such "medicines" is the financial support of the illegal poaching industry. The demand for these medicines, which are said to cure anything from fever to menstrual cramps and high blood pressure, are responsible for the decline in Black Rhino populations since the 1970s.   
Four of the world's five rhino species are threatened with extinction; three of of which are considered Critically Endangered. During the World Cup - 2 female Black Rhinos were butchered by gangs of poachers, left to die in the bush with only their horns removed. Last year, 122 rhinos were poached in South Africa and this year, if the current rate continues, 180-200 more will be killed. As of 2009 there are 800 rhinos remaining in Zimbabwe and 1,570 black rhinos in all of South Africa.

 The Aisian Rhinos, which are preferred for these medicines, are even more critically endangered. There are currently 250-400 Sumatran Rhinos and approximately 100 Javan Rhinos remaining in the world. 

Ms. MacPherson, please stop and think about what you are doing and what you are propagating. The medicinal benefits have been proven to be a fallacy. In 1990, Chinese researchers determined that the extract "could slightly lower fever in rats." The concentrations you are ingesting in your capsules are many times lower than those tested. As the horn is made largely of Keratin, you would do just as well to chew on your fingernails. 

Please, Ms. Macpherson, become an advocate for these species not a reason for their extinction. Your voice could be heard around the world and would perhaps give this animals a fighting chance. 

We all thank you for taking the time to read this letter and listening to the voices of so many who admire your entrepreneurial endeavors. 

 

Sign Petition
Sign Petition
You have JavaScript disabled. Without it, our site might not function properly.

privacy policy

By signing, you accept Care2's terms of service.

Having problems signing this? Let us know.