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Hunters: Lift ban on rhino trade

2012-03-30 11:29

Johannesburg - Giving endangered species such as rhino a commercial value was the only way to save them from extinction, the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) said.

SAHGCA manager Dr Herman Els said they would ask SA to lobby for a change in the white rhino's status at the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in 2013, to enable a controlled trade in rhino horn, Beeld reported on Friday.

Speaking at the organisation's annual media day in Pretoria on Thursday, Els gave several examples of how hunting had contributed to wildlife conservation in the past.

He said nature conservation had to pay for itself, as the government had more crucial priorities, such as poverty alleviation and economic development.

Sustainable use of wildlife was therefore the only solution, Els said.

Meanwhile, members of the Animal Activists for Africa (AAA) gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria on Thursday to enact the symbolic slaughter of a rhino.

According to Beeld, AAA members dressed in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese clothing, called for an end to rhino poaching which, they said, was being perpetrated chiefly by citizens of those Asian countries.

Zhou Xiaomei, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy, said they were aware of the rhino poaching crisis, and that it bothered them just as much as it did South Africans.

The environmental affairs department said in statement on Thursday that poachers had killed 150 rhinos so far this year.

Comments
  • Jill - 2012-03-30 12:08

    “NEWS FLASH - TESTICLES OF RHINO POACHERS ARE 100% MORE BENEFICIAL THAN RHINO HORN” Maybe somebody out there would be prepared to be the first to fund the “Cut off their balls” campaign !! ?

      Jill - 2012-03-30 13:29

      Is the person who gave a thumbs down to my suggestion, perhaps a hunter or one that uses the Rhino horn??

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-30 15:33

      they just trolls, Jill...lets see how many thumbs down i get... OPEN GATES EVERYONE! THUMB ME DOWN instead! Jill might be 'on the money' with her idea

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-31 11:24

      Open season in these big men hunters. What heroes to kill animals with a big gun. Aholes.

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-03-30 12:15

    Good argument, but futile nonetheless. Governments are in the business of doing things, not NOT doing things.

  • rlong1952 - 2012-03-30 12:54

    Ok, but how will this stop poaching?

      DSBennie - 2012-03-30 13:17

      Allowing the goods to be traded legally, drastically lowers its value, removing the financial intensive to poach, whether it will work or not in this case, no one can really tell though

      Jill - 2012-03-30 13:33

      You're missing the point... it is not the "balls" of the Rhino I am referring to but to the poachers!!

      TSR01 - 2012-03-31 18:19

      DSBennie, not quite. Poachers are "stealing" the rhino horn, and selling it for a profit. Putting a pricetag on hunting them legally (which will of course be a huge pricetag, considering its an endangered species) will not prevent poachers from trying to get some quick "rhino gold" in their pockets. Furthermore, even if it is expensive, if the price is less than what the scumbags who buy from poachers pay, then you'll have 100's of Chinese nationals arranging for "hunting parties" until the rhino's are extinct. So mark my words, IT IS THE WORST IDEA EVER! "Where is your endangered species hunting permit sir? Excellent, carry on, we don't mind if the species becomes extinct, so long as you pay us money for it." Idiots in government. They do not own an entire species on this planet, unless they refer to themselves, a less-than-human race of cretins!!

      Armorbeast - 2012-04-03 02:26

      We are talking Conservation. What these nations are saying is they can create all the laws you want but without the money and manpower to protect the rhinos, it means nothing. The black rhino just went extinct because environmentalists don't understand. Conservationists pay to buy the land, for breeding programs, for healthcare and even to protect the species especially where it's on their property. In the US, this approach not only brought deer and alligator populations back from extinction, there's now an overpopulation so hunters get bigger bag limits. We're not just talking hunters here, we're talking about how the current approach has absolutely failed and if another direction is not taken, poachers will drive rhinos into extinction. In the past, hunters did hunt animals into extinction but many did not even understand that animal populations could go extinct. The failure of the environmental approach is they rely on governments to do things for them... Conservationists believe in doing it for themselves. If you elect an incompetent government or a corrupt one, how good are those laws going to be? if they are poor and don't have the money, how can they afford to enforce the laws. It's out of desperation that people are talking about this because the current efforts are failing miserably and at this rate, all rhinos could be extinct within 30 years by some estimates. Do it and pray, or do nothing and watch the rhinos disappear forever. It's cruel but if it works.......

  • Art - 2012-03-30 13:22

    www.avaaz.org is running a petition!

      Jill - 2012-03-30 13:29

      Thank you! I will log on and "sign it".

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-30 13:52

    www.avaaz.org is running a petition!

  • Spenston - 2012-03-30 14:14

    Hunters and poachers - I pray God rids the earth of these despicable monsters soon and if He doesn't, that they die a horrible death while still on earth. These are defenceless animals and who the hell gives humans the right to hunt them down anyway.

      Armorbeast - 2012-04-03 02:13

      Spenston... the reason for this is hunters pay big bucks and we are talking Conservationists not hunters in the way you are speaking. These nations say they don't have the money to protect the rhinos and how many rhinos have gone extinct or are near extinction because environmentalists said "please don't shoot the rhino"? Environmentalists rely on governments to do things for them and these governments in Africa are saying they can create all the laws they want but without the money and manpower to back it up, it means nothing. Conservationists buy the land, pay for breeding programs, pay for health care and even pay for protection so that you are using hunters to stop poaching. This approach in the US brought the deer and alligator populations back from the brink of extinction in many areas and today they are actually overpopulated so hunters are being given bigger bag limits. Hunters have even been known to shoot poachers who are killing animals out of season or on private property owned by Conservationists. They could begin programs to impregnate rhinos with twins or even triplets. To maybe use hippos or other large animals as surrogates. The environmentalist approach CAN NOT WORK if the nations that are supposed to be protecting the rhinos don't have the resources to do it with. I see where you are coming from. But Conservationists are saying they can get hunts where hunters might pay upwards of $100,000.00 to hunt a rhino and even more towards preserving the species.

  • Meaghan - 2012-03-31 15:20

    And sex is good for virgins.

      skootzie - 2012-04-03 09:42

      How very mature of you.

  • Armorbeast - 2012-04-03 01:56

    Actually, this isn't a bad idea. Conservativonists work with hunters who buy the land and even pay to protect the wildlife. They pay to provide medical care, to establish breeding programs and might even pay to have rhinos impregnated with embryos from extinct rhinos that went extinct over the past century. It sounds like a crazy idea until you examine the success Conservationists have had in the US where their efforts with alligators and deer actually has led to an explosion in these animals population wherethey have to increase the bag limit. for all of you attacking the idea, environmentalists have accomplished nothing with their "don't shoot the rhino" campaign and what you need are the guns of hunters to fight the guns of poachers. Conservationists do kill animals, but they also pay big bucks that benefit the species as a whole as what these African nations are saying is they don't have the money to protect the rhino's and Conservationists teach if you hunt a species into extinction then you end future hunts for your children and grandchildren. Sure it sounds cruel but look what environmentalists did for the black rhino... it's now officially extinct. Environmentalists are great at raising awareness but terrible at resolving problems because they expect governments to do things for them... hunters do for themselves. It's not legitimate hunters pushing rhino's to extinction, it's poachers who don't give a damn about you or the rhino's. It's at least worth discussing.

      John - 2012-04-03 05:10

      I agree with you but I must correct you on one part of your comment though, the Black Rhino is not extinct in SA thanks to conservationists!!!!!not environmentalists. http://www.rhinos-irf.org/en/art/769/

  • oosthuizen1 - 2012-04-04 14:40

    I wish some people who comment on these subjects would do some research before making idiots of themselves. All rhinos that are hunted by Professional Hunters, are "post production" animals that is bought at auctions, mostly held by SANP. For those who don't understand what that means: They can't make anymore little rhinos. Professional hunting has contributed millions to conservation. Hunters are more passionate nature lovers that any tree hugger I have ever met. Hunters have respect for nature, the balance of nature and they actually take time to go into nature to better understand it. Don't lash out at the people who loves nature and wants to help it.

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