North West: Dehorned rhino killed for stump

2013-05-07 00:00

A RHINO that was dehorned 18 months ago to save it from poachers has been killed for its regrown stump of a horn.

It was one of three killed in the North West last week.

Owner Manus Pretorius said that after killing this bull, the poachers took the horn away from the farm, between Brits and Thabazimbi, before returning to try to kill another rhino. They appear to have been frightened off.

Pretorious dehorned his rhinos about 18 months ago after losing one to poachers a year previously. The horns had begun to grow out and were 12 to 14 centimetres long, he said.

The other farmer who lost rhinos last week was Jurie Wessels, near Rustenburg.

He said rhinos were no longer worth the trouble. “In my hands, rhino horn is worthless, but to poachers it is valuable. Until I am allowed to trade in rhino horn to get money to look after the rhinos, it’s not worth the trouble. And that means they are on the way out.” — Media24.

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