|Greetings, Bubblegum Jones ~
This is a fun activity that works well because it is both interesting and short to do. This combination encourages widespread participation from site members. I applaud you for coming up with this challenge.
Here is my entry:
Once upon a time there was a great herd of unicorns roaming lands across the earth. Every day, hunters would come and kill as many of the unicorns as they could because their golden horns were quite valued among men. One day, the various rulers of all the lands, recognizing that unicorns were becoming scarce, agreed it would be a great shame if all the unicorns vanished from the earth, and so they put the remaining unicorns under their protection and forbade anyone to kill a unicorn henceforth. Because of that, the price of unicorn horns skyrocketed, making it worth much more than gold on the black market. Poachers were willing to risk imprisonment or even death to secure the few remaining prized unicorn horns. These poachers continued to slaughter what few unicorns they could still find. Wealthy men paid exorbitant prices to possess the ever-more-precious unicorn-horn powder. Until finally, it came to pass that not a single unicorn survived. All that remained of this noble beast was the memory of how magnificent it had been. The poachers now had to turn their attention to finding a replacement for their black market trade. They settled upon the rhinoceros, the elephant, and the tiger. Now these species also are becoming far too scarce. Will Mankind repeat the mistake made with the unicorn, or will the lesson of the unicorn be remembered?
I hope you get a lot more entries!