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Vets in court for rhino poaching

2012-06-13 17:45

Pretoria - Two veterinarians and a professional hunter appeared in the Pretoria North Regional Court on Wednesday in connection with the wrongful possession and distribution of veterinary drugs commonly used in rhino poaching.

The matter was postponed to 19 June.

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

The accused are Dr Douw Grobler, formerly head of the Kruger National Park's wildlife capturing and veterinary services unit, private veterinarian Dr Johannes Gerhardus Kruger, and professional hunter Hugo Ras.

Initially, eight men were arrested between August and November last year.

Charges against five were withdrawn in April, sparking outrage from animal rights activists.