Poachers poison 183 vultures

2012-09-05 11:07

Johannesburg - Poachers in Zimbabwe recently poisoned 183 vultures in a single event, in an attempt to cover their tracks, the Beeld reported on Wednesday.

The vultures died after the poachers killed an elephant and smeared poison on the carcass in Zimbabwe's Gona re Zhou National Park.

Andre Botha, a spokesperson for the Endangered Wildlife Trust, told the newspaper on Tuesday that poisoned vultures could end up breeding in the Kruger Park.

Botha said the disturbing new poisoning trend had originated in East Africa, where poaching had spiralled out of control.

The poachers poison vultures because they alert nature conservation authorities to the presence of a fresh carcass, and therefore the whereabouts of the criminals.

Botha warned that it was only a matter of time before the trend filtered across the South African border.

He said he had heard about the incident in the Gona re Zhou National Park from Professor Peter Mundy of the University of Bulawayo.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-09-05 11:28

    When I hear stories like this I want to start culling humans. We are a despicable, disgusting, infected virus when we act like this. We don't deserve to be allowed to breath or breed and contibue to destroy this planet.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-05 11:36

      I agree, except for the 'we' part.

      phae.rayden - 2012-09-05 12:09

      I hear you Big C, we refers to us as a species. Look how few of us responded to this outrage, and it's like this with similar articles except rhinos as they seem to be the fashion of the month, not complaining, just don't understand why so few us feel this way about any and every life form being eradicated by man. This planet will be far better off without 95% of us. What a magnificently beautiful planet we are wrecking to keep billions of 'locusts' alive. Population control is urgently required.

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-09-05 12:14

    poachers are parasites, they'll keep going until there's nothing left to kill.

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2012-09-05 12:44

    Afrika Adieu...

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-05 13:12


  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-05 13:47

    Bulawayo ,Zimbabwe does not have a University of Bulawayo but does have Solusi University (SU) and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).N24 please check your facts b4 publishing

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-05 14:47

    PS. Only 2 things they can do is breed and destroy.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-05 16:11

    Insecure politically correct wankers removed my post. Ag shame.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-05 16:12

    This will not change the facts no matter what. What happens when there are no more messengers to shoot ???

  • jasonbbuckley - 2012-09-05 17:01

    say no to any ivory

  • christine.raulstone - 2012-09-08 18:19

    WTF what is wrong with humans we are a horrible race!!

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