405 rhino poached this year

2011-12-06 22:42

Johannesburg - Poachers have killed a record 405 rhinoceros in South Africa since the start of the year, the national parks board said on Tuesday.

"The number of rhino poached is up by approximately 21.6% from the 333 of the previous year," said South African National Parks (SANparks) in a statement posted on its website.

Rhino killings have spiked from 13 in 2007 as poachers hunt for rhino horn, made of the same substance as human fingernails.

It is popular for use in Asian medicinal treatments - especially in China and Vietnam, where it is believed to cure cancer despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

Authorities arrested 210 people for poaching in 2011, compared to 165 in 2010, according to SANparks.

Booming demand has driven the price up to record levels of half a million dollars for the largest horns, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The conservation bodies have responded to the surge by dispatching army troops to fight poachers and stepping up arrests.

Authorities have struggled to stop poaching syndicates that use helicopters, night vision equipment and high-powered rifles to hunt their prey.

  • velastardust - 2011-12-06 23:12

    What authorities? For all we know info is being passed on to the poachers by corrupt SANPARKS officials. The South African public should hold SANPARKS and the people in charge of nature areas where rhino are kept responsible for the killing of the rhino. Cleary, not enough has been done! Bye bye rhino!

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-07 01:32

      Time for the death penalty again. Might solve a few other problems asn well after we have electrocuted the thugs behind the killing of Rhino.

  • asteyn - 2011-12-07 02:21

    405 animals killed and the world is up in arms... how about getting this amount of enthusiasm against the killing of innocent people in our country!!

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-07 02:36

      Your country? Thought when I saw this comment it can only come from some ill informed person. The news report covered the Rhino and the Rhino happens to be one of our many problems in our country. You go feed the Kangaroos. I just love these Australian Saffas that all sound like a bunch of drunk rugby supporters hurling abuse at the rugby players when they don't even know how to hold a ball. And what really pisses me off are comments from rats that fled the sinking ship.

      Walter - 2011-12-07 05:14

      Well said Ibhubesi! Stuff all the people who don't give a damn about our rhino's being butchered. As some guy said above, bring back the death sentence and get rid of these swines who have no concern for our wild-life. The authorities HAVE to stop the slaughter before it's too late.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 10:52

      @asteyn - there is a time and a place for complaining about the murder of people, this is not it. Give respect for the rhino.

  • Wes - 2011-12-07 05:59

    I'm willing to donate my toenail clippings to help those poor little men to get their pp’s to stand up.

  • Juan - 2011-12-07 06:01

    The Kruger Park has huge stock piles of ivory that they are not allowed to sell. This must change. Poaching will never be stopped by banning the sale of ivory, it must be legalized & the sale controlled, much like they do with gold or diamonds. As it will then no longer be a "black market" item it will drive prices down and make it less profitable for poachers. Also Customs at our Ports need to be improved in order to catch criminals smuggling illegal ivory or any other illegal products/substances. Ivory would be of no value if the criminals can't get it over our borders

      Walter - 2011-12-07 06:09

      Well done, Juan. What I've been saying for ages. They're (Minister and government officials) talking about it, but that's all they can do.... talk, talk, talk and don't do anything!

      Garth - 2011-12-07 07:22

      Um, juan - rhino horn is not ivory. Two totally different substances from two totally different animal families. Ivory is calcium based, the same as teeth - actually, elephant tusks are elongated incisors - and rhino horn is keratin based - layers of `hair' grown on the outside of the skin. To remove an elephant's tusks, one generally has to kill the animal or wait until such time as it dies. Rhino horn, on the other hand, can be removed without drawing a drop of blood from the animal - much like cutting one's hair or fingernails. So, surely it would make sense for all of the `rhino farmers' out there to excise the horns from their `stock', poison them with something human specific and then flood the market. This will succeed in achieving two things: driving the price per kilogram down, so hurting the b4st4rsds that profit from this and killing off the users, so depleting the market. No buyer, no seller. Or we could just from a chain of torture. Don't shoot the poachers. Capture them alive, torture them to reveal their contact. Then, capture that contact alive and torture him until he reveals the next in the chain. Throw away all form of human nicety and reach the rich fvck at the top of the chain. Then take this piece of sh1t and his family, cut 1000 shallow slices into each of their skins and feed them to the pigs. This is the only solution.

      Garth - 2011-12-07 07:25

      Sorry: `form' a chain of torture. Limited typing space can lead to errors.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-07 06:27

    How many is left? Is there enough left so that I can also make a quick buck because I have no luck with the Lotto.

      Vaughn - 2011-12-07 12:09

      very dark hammy but no.....this is bad man. lotto is just as bigga scam as the whole "protect the rhino and whale" saga.

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 07:10

    Only captains stay on a sinking ship,the rest get on the life boats and live to see better days for their family.So unless ibhubesi is your spuedonun for Jacob Zuma(captain of sinking ship)you must be the dumb crewman that cant swim or row a boat.Just because some people left doesw not mean that they dont care about the country of their birth or the wildlife that need protecting their,,,,so get a life

      Craig - 2011-12-07 09:37

      Henno, a good deal of the people who left only did so because they lost there job or were threatened or had any chance of promotion taken away or were forced into early retirement or were retrench or were replaced by BEE or AA fools who couldn't do the job ( Eskom.), moving was not a first option, but the safety and security of their wealth and their family totally out-weights blind patriotism.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 10:55

      @Craig, you keep telling yourselves that.. As far as I am concerned the majority left because they couldn't stand the fact that black people were in charge.. Admit it and stop hiding behind the string of excuses you guys pup out all the time.

      Vaughn - 2011-12-07 12:15

      @point blank.... people left because of color??? you must be one of those tunnel vision guys right? People leave for opportunity and a better life. I have many friends incl. white, black and K'P's that left S.A for same reason.....and its not that they cant stand the fact that black is in charge...its cause they had no work for over 2 years (and they have good education)

  • jeansjunkie - 2011-12-07 08:05

    It is obvious that this government has no real interest in enforcing the parks. It is so up China's ass and dont want to rock the boat on this issue. They make claims to step up the monitoring, but yet, this year has surpassed all the previous years in the senseless killings of our Rhino. We are the laughing stock of the WWF and the entire Asian community. What a joke!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vaughn - 2011-12-07 11:55

    The focus is on the rhino yes...but its more of the easy money involved..... why is it so easy for them to poach?? is the guys protecting payed a great salary?? The unemployment rate in S.A is so big the fact is; easy money is everywhere....from drug dealing to poaching (big money for once off deal) instead of working for BOSS for a few lousy Rands. The government is once again to blame cause they don't know where to start and what to do!! Earning a honest living is not worth it....the scales has tipped and now balance is needed in S.A....focus on the right things Mr. president please!!

  • Bloody-Agent - 2011-12-07 21:31

    Catch these Poachers and cut off their little Rhino-horn with an Panga!!

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