A vet passionate about the plight of the rhino has commissioned a painting to raise awareness and inspire action.
Vet Stephen Posnett – from VETCall Veterinary Surgery in North Chingford, London – contacted Veterinary Times in the hope such exposure might attract the kind of buyer for a piece of art reflecting what he described as the “despicable state” of rhino poaching.
Mr Posnett explained: “I commissioned an oil on canvas painting by Martin Jordan to be sold, with proceeds going to a group of privately managed conservation game farms in the Balule Nature Reserve [part of the Greater Kruger National Park] in South Africa, which has lost 16 white rhinos and 2 black rhinos to poachers in the past few years.
“The purpose is to raise funds for anti-poaching initiatives and help rhinos injured in poaching incidents.
“Rangers in Balule are almost fully occupied dealing with rhinos maimed and killed for the supposed medical qualities of their horns, focusing on anti-poaching activities with the use of full-time armed patrols, tracker dogs, employing tracking collars, perimeter fence electrification, ranger training, air patrols and limited support from a nearby military air force base.
“Hidden cameras identify suspected access points – these are very large areas to cover, but every rhino counts.”
Act now or lose wildlife
Mr Posnett added: “This is not a painting likely to hang on the wall in a family lounge, but best being seen in the reception area, boardroom or office of the chief executive of an environmentally ethical company that believes we should act now or live without wildlife.”
The painting hangs in the reception area of Mr Posnett’s surgery.
“Please do visit and view the painting. The reserve price for it is £16,000,” he added.
The surgery is located on 113 Station Road in North Chingford, London. It can be contacted on 020 8529 4004.