Rhino poaching up in SA

2011-05-13 14:56

Johannesburg - The number of rhinos being poached in South Africa was on the increase, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) said on Friday.

"We'll have a higher number of poached rhinos than last year if it continues at the same rate," EWT CEO Yolan Friedmann told a briefing in Johannesburg.

"At the current numbers they are not facing extinction yet, but the markets and drivers [of poaching] is not likely to decrease."

A total of 330 rhino were poached on private farms and in national reserves last year. According to Friedmann the current figure was between 145 to 150 rhinos.

The country's total rhino population is 20 000 to 22 000.

"This has become part of formalised, organised crime. It's not just an environmental issue anymore," Friedmann said.

  • Really?? - 2011-05-13 15:34

    time to fight fire with fire!

  • - 2011-05-13 15:42

    Enough is enough. We need to start using deadly force.

  • Tivan - 2011-05-13 15:55

    Check out what we are doing to save the rhino:

  • KaB - 2011-05-13 16:07

    Shoot to kill...poachers must face real consequences!

  • Hads - 2011-05-13 16:26

    There is only one way to stop the killings, and that is to shoot to kill on sight, that's the only way.You will then find a considerable drop-off of the slaughter. You cannot take these thugs in because we the tax payers will have to foot the bill if they are imprisoned. These thugs cannot understand that if you kill these animals to extinction, well then that's that. Cant these morons understand at least that.

      Grayman - 2011-05-13 17:18

      It goes much further than that Hads. The law and order in South Africa has degenerated to such an extent that organised crime is having a field day. We have become a contraband haven. Half the cops are useless and the other half are despondent because when they do their job and make arrests, the perps are out the next day. The killing of rhino is just a symptom of a system that is rotting from the head. A news report on e-TV this afternoon said that only 10% of the horns are intercepted and confiscated. That means 90% go scott free. That, in any business, is a pretty damn good return. So the next time you read about one of our officials being caught for fraud or being on the take and not being punished, remember that it is indemic in our government and it ain't going to change as long as the ANC is in power.

  • To The Point - 2011-05-13 17:03

    All the poaching happened while Marthinus van Schalkwyk was minister of Agriculture forestry and fisheries and now “’Minister of Tourism”. His sidekick Tina Joemoet Peterson who replaced him is as useless in this portfolio. Van Schalkwyk deceived his party members and used their votes to cross the floor with his family to join the ANC camp. He has achieved nothing as a minister. The ANC only allowed him to cross the floor, as they knew he was useless and would fit in perfectly. He should take full responsibility for the slaughter of all the Rhino. Van Scalkwyk is the one who still promotes hunting in South Africa – shame on you. This has to stop, please contact people outside South Africa and ask them to start campaigns in their countries, as this useless government will not make an effort to stop the killing of Rhino or prevent any poaching of game. Help make the world aware of what is happening to our animals while the ANC is in power.

      Point Blank - 2011-05-14 11:31

      I'm no astrologer but I think your talking out of ur-anus... One the "kortbroek" has done is not only sustain our tourism but has increased it to 5 million a year.. I'll give him that much credit... but no more then that.

  • Beedyeye - 2011-05-13 17:17

    It is morally reprehensible what is happening to these defenseless animals, it is time that some drastic steps were taken.

  • Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-13 17:57

    Are you serious, 330 rhino killed last year alone? That's close to 1 a day! Anybody, tell me please, can you insure your wildlife on your farm? cause I'm beginning to think the owners are in cahoots with the poachers.

  • Fudge Pecker - 2011-05-13 18:38

    They should just cut the horns off... end of poaching problem...!!!

      Brieuse - 2011-05-13 19:21

      they use their horns for defence.

      flamewulf - 2011-05-14 20:07

      Rhinos need their horns like we humans need our hands.

  • Fudge Pecker - 2011-05-13 18:47

    They should just cut the horns off... end of poaching problem...!!!

      flamewulf - 2011-05-14 20:06

      Rhinos need horns like humans need their hands.

  • Louis - 2011-05-13 18:49

    i get so incredibly the m*£r in when I read of a rhino killing that I need to go see a psychologist to explain it to me. I am now avoiding this kind of articles just to calm myself down. Maybe I was a rhino in a previous life...all I can say is...if you kill a NOT come and confess to me

  • KRABBZ - 2011-05-13 19:03

    In Botswana they have killed over 500 in the past 5 yrs and the number is still going up. The policy in Botswana is that the military forces that patrol the camps shoot the poachers on site but I guess they are not put off by this as they still keep killing more.

  • Lorenz - 2011-05-13 19:31

    The day has come where the legal priniples of bail and long waitings on court cases in regard to only rhino poachingg needs to be drastical be changed. Red heanded found at act of poaching immadly jailed with any bail possibility and court case with in one month, with no possibilty of fines a minimum 10 years labour in jail must be a fixuture and can not be negiogated in court ore with the procecution. All court awaiting poachers witch at present suspected awaiting court cases must be jailed and there bail payments pay back to a Trustfund till the court case is complited.

  • Monica - 2011-05-13 19:59

    Find the man behind the issue. Will not be surprised if it is a member of Parliament!

  • cameronroryscottsimon - 2011-05-14 09:23

    you wanna stop it, legalise the farming of rhino horn and by doing so flood the market! and according to the laws of economics increased supply will decrease demand. the problem is that a rhino costs between R200 000 - R300 000 and its horn is worth R 1.2 million. so it is worth more dead than alive! By legalising the farming of rhino horns(by this I mean cutting off the part visible above the surface of the rhino's snout) you will increase the value of rhino and decrease the value of horns! its simple economics and worked with elephant poaching in the late 80's...

  • Point Blank - 2011-05-14 11:34

    My wife and I went to a game park last month for 3 days for ourr combined 40th, the ranger was telling me that last year they had 20 rhino on the reserve... they now don't have a single one, ALL of them had been poached. The thing is, the poachers would fly in with HELICOPTERS!!! Hardly the desperate starving homeless poor poverty striken type now is it?

  • kirk.gainsford - 2011-06-22 16:49

    more than 182 rhino this year! everybody can make a difference.

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