Some owners kill rhino - report

2012-07-19 09:25

Cape Town - Some rhino owners are allegedly dehorning or killing the animals, and then claiming to be victims of poaching, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told the newspaper they were aware of allegations of rhino owners attacking their own animals, selling the horns illegally and then covering up the crime.

"We are not prepared to talk about these since they are at their very early stages," he said, refusing to confirm whether the Hawks were officially investigating these claims.

Three sources linked to the underworld, who could not be named, told the newspaper they knew of game farm and reserve owners who were guilty of this crime.

The owners were either desperate for money or had realised that selling horns was more profitable than keeping their rhinos.

On Tuesday, the environmental affairs department said 281 rhinos had been poached this year, mostly in the Kruger National Park. Police had arrested 176 individuals in connection with the crimes.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-19 09:30

    The love of money is the root of all evil

      Gavin - 2012-07-19 09:51

      not the love, the pursuit thereof

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-19 09:57

      Called ROI

      diep.dinker - 2012-07-19 10:23

      The love of maney may be the root of all evel but without money the rhino will not survive. This is a fact of life. If the rhino owners could legally and humanely harvest the horn they would not have to kill and cheat their way into the black market to get money. Go tell a merino sheep farmer that he may not sheer his sheep and sell the wool because the love of money is the root of all evil, lets see what he says, oh and by the way take off that nice wool jersey and go slap youself becaues you paid money for it. How dare you??? The poor sheep!!!

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-07-19 10:29

      Stormkaap is faktaap!

      andrew.arde - 2012-07-19 14:09

      How's this for a solution to Rhino poaching....... Dehorn every single living rhino by tranquilising them and sawing off the horn. Then burn the horns! This way, the rhino's get to live and the east doesnt get these so-called precious aphrodesiacs!

      michael.taylorw - 2012-07-20 10:37

      @diep,dinker. That is a surprisingly silly thing to say. Rhino's have been successfully dehorned in the past, and some still killed out of sheer spite by the poachers when found. As for your sheep, they are breed for that purpose, they are not near extinction, and they are not horrible maimed and killed in the process. In fact, and this may surprise you, the wool actually grows back. Rhino can survive perfectly well without money. I cannot think of the last time I saw one at KFC, or Woolworth's. They would survive perfectly well without the interference of man as well. they are not our pets, and they would have been better of had it not been for man, his amazing wisdom, and bottomless pockets. I think you should think deeper...

  • christo.stone - 2012-07-19 09:44


  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-19 09:44

    May I please have the honour of de-horning such a human being, how do you destroy what has been entrusted to you to safegaurd, humans make me sick.....

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-07-19 11:11

      Yes you may Fanie. Please go ahead. If you need any help holding the culprit down I believe you could ask most of the hundreds of fine people here.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-19 09:46

    I just wonder how many of those owners are part of the SAVE THE RHINO campaign! Plenty of wolves in sheepskin!!

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-07-19 09:47

    Prove it

  • Gavin - 2012-07-19 09:56

    if this is true, they should de-horn these bastards and let them suffer the same fate as the Rhinos.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-19 09:58

    What a disgrace. I hope they are found and punished and not given the usual slap on the wrist. One would almost go as far as to wish them misfortune.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-07-19 09:59

    And in other news... Farmers have been found MURDERING their sheep and cattle for their meat. The owners are probably desperate for money and found out that it is more profitable to exploit these noble creatures, than it is to, you know, keep them 'cause they look pretty.

      Alfjoe - 2012-07-19 10:14

      Its called slaughtering nt killing, its part of the farming bussines, no farmer cn keep sheep just coz they look prety, they are nt pets.

      diep.dinker - 2012-07-19 10:14

      And in even further news.. The government and the international greenie organisations refuse to allow rhino owners to cut off the horn, with no pain or harm to the rhino, and sell the horn to the stupid Chinese in order to create income for conservation.

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-07-19 10:17

      @alfjoe So rhinoes shouldn't be farmed, because they're our pets?

      Anthea - 2012-07-19 10:41

      When cows and sheep become endangered then we can speak again...

      diep.dinker - 2012-07-19 10:52

      @anthea Good point! Cows and sheep are NOT extinct because thousands of people farm them, because they can sell the meat and the skins and the wool. If rhino farmers were allowed to do the same, rhino would not be at risk of extinction.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-07-19 11:08

      Cretinous comment Alfjoe. Sheep are not endangered and a farmer cannot arbitarily take the life of anythng he finds on his farm - those days are long gone. They are gone because we say so. The law also is bollocks as it has proved itself to be so. Next, he'll be killing his workers because they are 'on his farm'. Tripe man. Differentiating between killing/murdering and slaughtering is bilge - ask the animal if these differences mean a cr*p to him. Use your brain if you have one.

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-19 10:00


      nathanjaysa - 2012-07-19 10:19

      what the hell has Apartheid got to do with Rhino de-horning, i think you in the wrong section on News24 this is not a ANC dispute or Corruption case its one of our Big Five animals proud and joy been killed for money and greed.. FFS have some compassion about this rhino issue this is a real threat we are facing and should do something about it.

      tednhet - 2012-07-19 10:34

      where they white Rhino, or Black Rhino

  • christine.mans1 - 2012-07-19 10:04


  • BubblesdoubleO7 - 2012-07-19 10:09

    :-( I have lost all faith in the human race.

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-19 10:16

    corruption or money problem is everywhere and its kill our nation

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2012-07-19 10:19

    I have said so many months ago. Do the math: $1 500 per ounce of horn = R11 250 per ounce = R180 000 per pound = R405 000 per kg. An average frontal horn is 8kg. That is R3 240 000 per horn. You could replace you rhino at a cost of R400 000. My question was: How do you fight against a profit margin like that? VERY sad, but true.

      Carol - 2012-07-19 11:49

      I fully agree with you Gerhard - this is not a new/"all a sudden" occurance - and thus the reason I say - legalize & control the trade in horn/ivory - sell off the excess 2mil kg stockpile the RSA government have stored and hopefully bring down the price of horn/kg by flooding the market

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-07-19 15:03

      The arithmetic sounds compelling until you realise that rhinos can't be farmed very effectively as they do not breed well in captivity. They also take a long time to reach maturity and calf too seldom. Couple this to the ranging freedom they will need to breed and such commercial farmers will face the same lack of success protecting their rhinos from the same threats they curently face from illegal poachers. And you still haven't dealt with the punishing of inhumane acts against the beasts. On this basis, the same logic could be applied to commercially farming humans for their organs as there seems to be no end in stemming the illegal harvesting of human organs. In other words, if you can beat them, join them.

  • tednhet - 2012-07-19 10:36

    All I can say is BLOODY DISCUSTING.

  • GeorgeHumble - 2012-07-19 10:43

    Sounds odd, if you see what these animals are sold for. Why would you kill the animal you bought?

  • billyschaps - 2012-07-19 12:35

    OMG - this problem is becoming totally absurd now!!!!!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-19 12:38


  • Johnny - 2012-07-19 14:34

    One never hears what has happened to these poachers that are caught. Always giving details of amount of poachers caught but nothing further. What is happening in the court cases ? What sentences are they getting. Environmental Affairs always just giving total of Rhino's poach and nothing further on what else is being done to stop poaching. Wake up Minister. Or get someone in charge who has the knowledge of running this dept and who loves animals and is concerned about their well being.

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-19 14:56

    What are the nationalities of the 176 individuals who have so far been arrested. I would guess that far too many ( at least the majority )are foreigners from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The South Africans amongst them have probably been incentivised to commit these dastardly acts on South Africa's assets by the said foreigners. What this says to me is that this country is under siege by foreigners who don't give a damn about this country or it's people, and they will slaughter every last rhino if given half a chance. Not to detract from the story, but I too suspect that local some private rhino owners are already 'in bed' with the foreigners. The other concern is that foreigners seem to have a surfeit amount of money to pay the fine when found guilty. Recently a court found a Vietnamese man guilty of having 3 rhino horn in his possession when arrested. He was given the option of a jail term or a R200 000-00 fine....he readily paid the fine, apparently cash which his attorney was holding for him and had incidently offerred the court as a fine only a short while before the guilty verdict. My question is do the Financial Intelligence Centre investigate these sources of funds. In fact isn't the attorney himself supposed to report receipts in excess of R25k. Does the revenue department of the courts also just accept it because they are not bound by the FIC Act??? Laundering of note going on methinks.

      mart.botha - 2012-07-19 15:01

  • lyn.duplessis - 2012-07-19 15:24

    This doesn't surprise me one little bit - know that there are some unscupulous scum out there! If Vets can be involved that what is stopping Rhino owners? We already know of one such person who is presently awaiting trial!

  • kaybee.kanyiso - 2012-07-19 15:57

    money will always be the first objective and it don't matter who it is. if the price is good even the owners will bend over and destroy what is beautful in this world

  • andrew.gibbs.1420 - 2012-07-19 18:07

    When you install stupid laws like preventing the trade in rhino horns then you must expect people who are suffering from the law (increased poaching of there rhino and security costs because of the increased price of rhino horn add a massive expense to rhino owners) to break the law. Where is your common sense bunny huggers. Farmers who flount the law actually do the Rhino species a favour (not the individual rhino that was shot though) because by selling that rhino horn, the rhino horn price reduces and the pressure on the rest of the planets rhino is reduced) In addition he now has more resources to support more rhino (more money for guards and grazing). If the stupid law preventing trade was repealed then he would not need to shoot his rhino, he could just dart them.

  • PaulineRotteauGrass - 2012-07-20 14:28

    @michael.taylorw...VERY well said!!! I was going to say almost the exact same thing but I could not have said it better myself!!!

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