SA, Vietnam work together to end poaching

2014-03-25 11:25

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Cape Town – Rhino poaching in Africa is consistently rising, illustrating that poachers have the upper hand.

According to the SABC, over the past few years poaching in SA and the African continent have destroyed the efforts made by conservationists and authorities.

Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi has created links with her Vietnamese counterpart in an effort to stem the poaching onslaught.

Since the beginning of this year 189 rhino have been killed in SA, 121 have been killed in the Kruger National Park alone. In 2013, 1004 rhino were killed.

South Africa is therefore making more of an effort to engage with countries where rhino horns are in demand.

In a statement addressed to the media, Mabudafhasi noted that most rhino horns leave Africa and travel to other parts of the world. Government is making more of an effort to trace the chain involved in rhino poaching.

For government it is important to understand and identify the entire chain, not just where the horns end up.

Understanding how the horns are transported will help police and conservationist track poachers and ultimately stop poaching.

Dr Bui Cach Tuyen, the deputy minister of natural resources and environment in Vietnam highlighted his countries commitment to saving Africa’s wildlife and reducing the consumption of wildlife in Vietnam.
Read more on:    south africa  |  vietnam  |  conservation  |  rhino poaching

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