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Horror film of Africa rhino poaching

2012-06-21 22:26

Johannesburg - Flies buzz around a hulking pile of flesh and muscle that lies rotting in the Kruger National Park with its eyes gouged out and scimitar-like horns hacked off in the opening scenes of a shocking new documentary on rhino poaching.

A series of still-photos of other gruesome kills flash across the screen in Rhino under threat, a deeply disturbing 28-minute film available on video-sharing website YouTube that has been made to drive home the horror of a rhino poaching crisis which has reached alarming levels.

Made by UNTV and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the film can be seen on YouTube.

It debuted on Monday at the Rio +20 global environment conference in Rio de Janeiro.

South Africa, home to close to the vast majority of the planet's rhino, is the epicentre of the unfolding tragedy.

According to the latest data from the department of environmental affairs, as of 15 June 245 rhino have been poached in the country so far in 2012. At this rate the carnage will almost certainly exceed the 448 slain last year.

A decade ago only a handful were being taken.

Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal part of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of newly affluent Asians.

Heart-rending

Rhino horn has long been used in traditional medicines in China and Vietnam and the film quotes a doctor at Hanoi's biggest hospital who sings its praises.

According to the film, rhino horns have also been stolen from museums and private collections in more than 15 countries.

It says Vietnam's last wild Javan rhino was poached last year and the slaughter in Africa is relentless.

"It's heart-rending," Ted Reilly, the head of Big Game Parks in Swaziland, says in the film. The kingdom lost its first rhino to poachers in two decades last year.

"You will find a rhino cow with a baby calf. The mother goes down and that calf usually will defend the mother. It won't allow the poachers to get anywhere near it. And they end up having to shoot it too," Reilly says.

The horn and half the face is then cut off with a chainsaw and Reilly says they have had instances where rhinos who had been drugged then wake up and stagger around in this state.

"How do you deal with people like that?," he asks.

For the game wardens on the front lines, feelings toward them can certainly harden.

"I suppose the brutality of it is being lost on me at the moment. And to survive the emotional side of it one gets hardened. It's like seeing dead poachers now. I've seen enough this year not to worry about them anymore," says one Kruger Park ranger.

Comments
  • Maurits Schultz - 2012-06-21 23:33

    Those stupid, sick b*stards in the far east will wipe out every species on this planet if they get the chance! Anyone involved in poaching rhinos should be machine gunned on sight!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-22 06:18

      Agreed

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-06-22 01:52

    Stop buying Chinese junk until they stop this madness!

      jcadman3 - 2012-07-13 15:37

      From with I've heard its also the vietnamese.

  • paul.vanderstraat - 2012-06-22 05:52

    why dont you just flood the market with cheap rhino horn which you removed humainly and i am sure you have stockpile somewhere of ones you removed to protect some rhinos.

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-22 07:44

      Sounds like a good plan but needless to say they will still pouch them regardless of whats on the market because their appetite for these types of things knows no bounds! These heartless people should have their nuts chopped off with a blunt knife and made to eat them, so they can feel what its like to have thier 'horn' removed while they still alive! Whenever they kill a poacher, its one dead scum of the earth who has no place ont his planet.

      pierre.v.merwe.9 - 2012-06-22 10:07

      They will not rest untill the rhino is extinct - it's a matter of supply and demand - no more supply and the price goes up 1000 fold - that is the reasoning of the triads driving this crazy ideas - all about money.

      dale.gauldie - 2012-06-23 00:08

      Paul there is no such thing as 'cheap rhino horn' because it entails drugging the animal and both the meds and the stress can lead to the death of an animal if if has underlying heart problems, for example. If you have to do anything its to take that same risk and inject a mix ( and only risky if INJESTED) and then get the word our that the horn has been treated and that anyone using is at risk of getting sicker rather than better (a medically proven fact is that Rhino horn has NOT MEDICIANL VALUE). bottom line is that there are already not enough Rhino to supply the rapidly increasing demand (by middle income more affluent Asians), so one cannot even contemplate trying to satisfy that demand, by shaving or trading in the horn. The demand has to cease and the only way how is to put peole off of wanting the product by making it dangerous to take, because if that doesnt happen, this generation will, in the next 5 - 10 years, see the last of Rhino populations found anywhere on this Earth. ARE WE PREPARED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ANIMAL GOING EXTINCT ON OUR WATCH??? NO TO TRADE IN; NO TO FARMING OF; NO TO TROPHY HUNTING OF AND NO TO MEDICINAL USE OF RHINO HORN! Not now - not ever!!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-22 06:01

    These little yellow bellied bastards will continue to buy rhino horn to cure there little man syndrome, As long as these low life scumbag poachers are supplying them. Its a sick sad world we live in. Kill, murder, plunder, take. That's the African way.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-22 06:28

      Wow, let's not accuse you of racism. You don't seem to know whether you hate asians or africans :-)

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-22 06:35

      Then don't accuse me of racism. In no way remotely did I mention racism. There are white vets out there that are commissioning the killing of rhinos. So get of you high horse and smell the roses. Somebody always must try stir sh#t, and start with a racist remark. Don't accuse me.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-22 07:32

      Nice one - good to see you so emotional. Now put all that energy into something useful.

      Andrew Shongwe - 2012-06-22 07:48

      i agree with on this one bro.

      nicola.killops - 2012-07-13 11:12

      Yellow bellied is a phrase that means "cowardly" and has no racist connotation at all.

  • peter.mulumbela - 2012-06-22 06:02

    It is cruel 4 our big 5

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-06-22 06:33

    Rhino Horn = the same substance as your fingernails !! sniffing or drinking it does not heal you, or give you a harder erection, get with the program Asia, you are killing our most precious resource, how about I cut your face of with a chain store.. time to stand together !!

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-22 06:42

      I know this and you now that, but its all in the mind if you believe something will work it will

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-22 06:35

    Zuma must break all ties with Chinese. Rhino horn is made from the same stuff that your fingernails and hair is

  • Wayne - 2012-06-22 07:04

    Dear Asia LEAVE OUR FRIGGIN RHINOS ALONE!!! USE VIAGRA! Regards AFRICA

  • Andrew Shongwe - 2012-06-22 07:52

    funny enough, they eat the horn everyday and their little jimmy remains smaller. lol

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-06-22 08:11

    Game rangers should have a certain dress code to be identified, anyone else seen in the bushveld without it AND carrying a rifle or any other weapon should be shot on sight, questions can be asked afterwards and hopefully no answers will be received. This carnage must be stopped, and hopefully my way could be the answer. If only I were a few years younger than my present 65 years, but then again I still feel able to do it. If only the SAN Parks board would employ me, I will use my own hunting rifles.

  • adolf.heim - 2012-06-22 08:15

    Save the rhino, kill a poacher

  • Kenny - 2012-06-22 08:27

    I don't understand this. Three guys get 25 years each in prison for killing Rhinos. Now the FucĀ£ers is living of our tax money! Really SA wake up! Cut his privates of or make them work as slaves for the rest of theyre stinking lives, or even better give the anti poaching unit firing rights!

  • Matthew - 2012-06-22 08:30

    Put it on SABC 1,2 and 3!!! Put this on E tv!!! Put this on mnet!!! WAKE SOUTH AFRICA!!! send this message loud and clear,cause obviously it hasnt so far,or people continue to ignore/not care...

  • David - 2012-06-22 09:05

    I suggest you watch this as well... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4540134202583442015

  • sian.okeeffe - 2012-06-22 09:13

    Join the Rhino Run on the 22 September and help us fight this war. http://www.rhinorun.co.za http://facebook.com/rhinorun

  • cosmic.tone.3 - 2012-06-22 09:30

    While on the subject of documentries, please make one of farm murders, show the world what happens to our citizens as well as our wildlife.

  • Ed - 2012-06-22 09:41

    slaughter a million slant eyes and see the outcry...

  • Neil - 2012-06-22 10:00

    Wow. More hot air. What to do? Get angrier? Shout louder? Do emotional ads that show poor butchered rhinos? Or do a multimillion rand campaign that "educates" against the steadfast traditions and cultures of the East? Please, we can't even get our locals to stop killing cows to purify a soccer stadium or a new house in the suburbs in the name of tradition and culture! We cannot stop the killing. The more rhino that are killed, the rarer they become and the higher the value of their horn becomes... economics 101. The rhino are doomed. We can shout and scream as much as we like, but we cannot fight greed fueled by a tradition and a culture. But I have a plan. After 1000 "thumbs up" I will tell you. Let's see if you care. Or will you just sit back and scream?

  • bob.robertson.3363 - 2012-06-22 10:49

    Woudn't it be great if rhino horn could be injected with a non-removable poison that killed the end-users of the product? It could bring an abrupt end to the dreadful slaughtering.

      dale.gauldie - 2012-06-23 00:15

      Rob there is already such a product - wont kill (because that goes against their 'human' rights, but can make very ill - like drinking animal dip. Trouble is its take time and money to get all the animals treated, and we need our Governments approval to do so and to get an International awareness campaign going warning people of the dangers of using such a product - we need to be putting pressure on any and all Gov departments to demand this be done, like yesterday. Think its going to happen?

  • ruth.a.smit - 2012-06-22 11:38

    Well I'v been reading so many articles about animals cruelty that it's realy to believe even the goverment do nothing to help animals and people what to mention about honestly living life. Wonder what Queen Elizabeth got to say about it!!!

  • margot.stewart1 - 2012-06-22 17:43

    I'm proud of my fellow South African's. It's so good to see how passionate you all are about our wonderful wildlife. Why not join a Rhino awaremess group on Facebook like RHINO SOS? Find out what really is behind rhino poaching... you may be surprised.

  • margot.stewart1 - 2012-06-22 17:45

    Sorry...FB Rhino AWARENESS group.. RHINO SOS South Africa.

  • dale.gauldie - 2012-06-23 00:29

    Its a disaster that the World's Rhino populations are being targeted, two of five Rhino species have already GONE EXTINCT IN THE LAST YEAR!!! The WAY that the horn is obtained is a vicious barbaric callous act that needs the death sentance to perpetrators - one deterrent, and, the good news is THERE IS A WAY WE CAN HELP OUR RHINO. There is a treatment, already available and being used in some private reserves, which is a mix that is infused into the horn, not harmful to the animal but would make anyone using the horn very sick. We need to get the word out that the horn has been treated and that anyone using is at risk of getting sicker rather than better (a medically proven fact is that Rhino horn has NO MEDICINAL VALUE). Bottom line is that there are already not enough Rhino to supply the rapidly increasing demand (by middle income more affluent Asians), so one cannot even contemplate trying to satisfy that demand, by shaving or trading in the horn. The DEMAND HAS TO CEASE and the only way how is to put peole off of wanting the product by making it dangerous to take, because if that doesnt happen, this generation will, in the next 5 - 8 years, see the last of Rhino populations found anywhere on this Earth! ARE WE PREPARED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ANIMAL GOING EXTINCT ON OUR WATCH??? NO TO TRADE IN; NO TO FARMING OF; NO TO TROPHY HUNTING OF AND NO TO MEDICINAL USE OF RHINO HORN! Not now - not ever!!! Petition, Government to treat the horn! NOW!

  • Elizabethmara.fourie - 2012-06-23 23:13

    Its easy \ place a traceable chip in each Rhino's horn\ in RSA then Kill the Bastards who slauther them. If all South africans donate some money we can get a special unit \ safe our Rhino's squat team\ and let's stop this killings for our future generations. Start by not letting our government letting this poacher go free! If we can put traceable chips in sycads why not rhinos! Donate helicopters ect a specialy to protect them by pleading for sponsors all over the world. Ask filmstars Rich people. News24 you can do this! Stop Rhino poatching!

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