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Groups to protest at rhino poaching case

2012-04-04 09:04

Johannesburg - Two organisations intended protesting outside the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where eight people were expected to appear in connection with rhino poaching.

People had approached civil rights organisation AfriForum to take action against poaching, Julius Kleynhans, head of the group's environmental affairs, said in a statement.

A total of 443 rhinos were poached in 2011, and 150 had been poached before the end of March this year.

Three veterinarians and five other men were expected in court in connection with the wrongful possession and distribution of scheduled veterinary drugs commonly used in rhino poaching.

They face charges of contravening the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

They were Douw Grobler, formerly head of the Kruger National Park's wildlife capturing and veterinary services unit, state vet Dr Buti John Chibase, and private vet Johannes Gerhardus Kruger.

The other five were professional hunter Hugo Ras, and Matthys Christoffel Scheepers, Riaal Booysen, Johan Carl Heydenrych, and Christoffel Francois Naude.

All were arrested between August and November last year.

Activists for Animals Africa also intended protesting at the court. Spokesperson Miranda Jordan said they wanted to create public awareness about the case.

Comments
  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-04-04 09:17

    One of them should have been locked up to rot in jail many years ago ! Swindled unsuspected people out of millions ! And guess what ..... He will probably turn State witness and get of the hook again !

  • sian.okeeffe - 2012-04-04 09:31

    lock them up and throw away the key - JAIL, NO BAIL for rhino poachers or anyone associated with rhino poaching. Mandatory 25 yr minimum sentences for any offence related to rhino poaching. Come on Zuma and co - stand up and protect the resources of this country! Please sign our petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Tell_the_South_African_Government_STOP_The_Rhino_Poaching

      Narike - 2012-04-04 15:04

      Signed and passed on. Please, everyone, do the same - we must keep up petitions and protests until this is taken seriously and dealt with effectively. Another 9 rhinos dead this week...

  • Henry - 2012-04-04 09:45

    If I were there I, would join in the protest because it's due to people like these that rhino will end up extinct. It's due to people like these that future generations will not live to see any rhino because there won't be any left. The law should take it's course, prosecuting the offenderes harshly if convicted, sending a message out there to any one that rhino poaching is forbidden and will never be tolerated.

  • Henry - 2012-04-04 09:45

    If I were there I, would join in the protest because it's due to people like these that rhino will end up extinct. It's due to people like these that future generations will not live to see any rhino because there won't be any left. The law should take it's course, prosecuting the offenderes harshly if convicted, sending a message out there to any one that rhino poaching is forbidden and will never be tolerated.

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2012-04-04 10:41

    Save Our Rhino were at court today and the case was held yesterday and has now been postponed till 13 June - how did they get this right?

  • Spenston - 2012-04-04 12:23

    These monsters do not deserve to be on this earth - I hope they rot in jail and get tortured mentally and physically every second of every day they have left on earth. Thanks to this idiotic government running our country, we have no laws protecting our animals.

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