Fury after PE rhino poaching

2011-11-08 10:46

Port Elizabeth - Staff at the Shamwari Nature Reserve outside Port Elizabeth are enraged after a rhinoceros was found dead beside her dehorned calf on Monday, Die Burger newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"It's gruesome," a source at the reserve, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the newspaper.

"It's just fucking blood. They didn't even use a chainsaw to take off her horn. They used a machete or something to hack it out."

Joe Cloete, the managing director of the Schamwari group said the killing was a tragedy.

The last time a rhino was killed at the reserve was in December 2008.

The rhino cow and her male calf had been shot with a tranquilliser.

The source said the calf survived because its horn was neatly sawn off. The rhino were found beside a waterhole.

By Monday afternoon, the calf's chances of surviving looked good, Cloete said.

"He is under the supervision of our vet Dr Johan Joubert and will be taken to our animal rehabilitation centre," Cloete said.

Last week, the World Wildlife Fund said the number of rhinos poached in South Africa had reached a record high.

Statistics from SA National Parks show that 341 animals have been lost to poaching so far in 2011, compared to a record total of 333 in 2010, the fund said in a statement.

Two more rhino were killed in Mpumalanga at the weekend.

The latest Eastern Cape killing would bring that number to 344.

Three of the five rhino species globally are critically endangered.

  • David Skea - 2011-11-08 11:00

    Stuffing poachers... Should saw their "horn" off and see what it's like...

      Ann - 2011-11-08 12:42

      Shoot to kill - don't ask any questions. To Shamwari - I am so sorry about your loss.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-08 11:10

    Shoot these f#$%ers on site!! No questions asked.

      Theresa - 2011-11-08 11:47

      My sentiments exactly! Shoot first,then,if still possible, ask questions later!

      John - 2011-11-08 11:59

      You have to catch them too shoot them. I went to a game reserve Near Mosselbaai & where they have 3 Rhino's. They have 24/7 armed security watching them. But it is small enough to make this possible. Governments need to educate their people that Rhino horn is very similar to finger nails & has no medicinal value and perhaps they should chew and eat their nails if they need a cure

  • clinton.milne - 2011-11-08 11:11

    and this for a horn with no medical benefits! IDIOTS!

  • Harald - 2011-11-08 11:12

    This should carry the harshest sentance... not the slap on the wrist these poachers get when caught, and eventually prosecuted.

      Jennie - 2011-11-08 12:03

      They just get R5000.00 bail and are back to poaching the next day. The death sentence is the only way to stop them

  • Rodwyn - 2011-11-08 11:14

    This is truly very sad and totally unnecessary. I really wish that Government and the WWF would do more to protect our depleting rhino population. Hope the poachers and their syndicates rot in hell!!

  • Gareth - 2011-11-08 11:15

    What the F(&%$ is wrong with these F&^%$ people.... I hope one day they burn for in Hell for killing such a Beautiful Animal... This sh^$ must stop. Government need to put more resources into stopping these Apes from taking something so Great and destroying it.....

  • Lee - 2011-11-08 11:31

    This has now gone too far. Surely there has to be some way of stopping this or is it that some that have rank dont want it to stop? I am sick inside to know that people can be so heartless, cruel and to let greed rule their lives. I would blow those choppers out the sky if I saw any hovering over a game reserve belonging to me that I do not know about.

  • Ula - 2011-11-08 11:36

    I have no more words. My heart just breaks for these poor animals :(

  • Wendy - 2011-11-08 11:38

    Have recently been to Zambia and there all rhinos are followed around 24/7 by game rangers who have orders to shoot poachers on site - no trial, no questions, no process at all. At least it has stopped the poaching there, but I can't bring myself to endorse these measures.

      Theresa - 2011-11-08 11:52

      Maybe that's the only message these thugs can understand.

  • craig.pritchard3 - 2011-11-08 11:40

    Why? I ask....why? And nothing is done about it...Cut off their nose and leave them to die! BASTARDS!

  • Wayne - 2011-11-08 11:42

    Dear Asia, STOP MESSING WITH OUR RHINOS. Sincerely South Africa

  • Estelle - 2011-11-08 11:44

    May their fingers turn into fish hooks and their balls begin to itch....

  • Tommy - 2011-11-08 11:46

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can someone create a site showing poachers who have been shot and killed so we can celebrate the possible escape of some Rhino.

  • Comrade - 2011-11-08 11:55

    I wish Malema was a Rhino

  • jayce.rosevear - 2011-11-08 11:58

    De-horn all the Rhinos until Asia realises it doesnt help with medicinal cures.Theres no point in poisining the horns because the Rhino will still get slaughtered before the lil Jap or Chinaman dies from the poison. Rather Rhinos with no horns then no Rhinos at all! Wake up South African Government....this affects the tourism!!

      Albert - 2011-11-08 12:16

      This f----g government is too busy picking out their new luxury planes to worry about rhinoes.

  • francoisvanpeer - 2011-11-08 12:05

    Our Shoot to Kill Policy with regards poachers is too good for them......

  • Pokkels - 2011-11-08 12:28

    Dear Government. We really need you to take a MUCH HARSHER stance on this issue! Have you moved for urgent legislation change to allow MAXIMUM SENTENCE for any crime whatsoever relating to rhino poaching!? Are you yet to announce a HUGE FINANCIAL REWARD for any info that may lead to prosecution!? And have you done everything within your means to make it public!? As in PUBLIC!!? As in campaign campaign campaign!? Just wake the hell up and do something for heaven's sake!!!

  • Laura - 2011-11-08 13:38

    The whole chain of those concerned are a bunch of bladdy savages. Who in their right mind would do this to a living being? It is time the 'people' stood up for our wildlife and shoot to maim and then let them die a slow and painful death - just like the animals poached. My blood is boiling.

  • larasuddes - 2011-11-08 16:17

    I believe we don't actually know the total number killed this last weekend. Another Rhino was killed by poachers this weekend near Hoedspruit. Very sad. Have the animal permits department been audited and checked for corrupt staff yet? Maybe that where the leaks are coming from?

  • Ria - 2011-11-08 22:52

    The killing of every Rhino, be it by poachers or so called "legitimate hunters" should bring a national outcry. This is not an animal that gets hunted for its meat, because someone is hungry, it is killed and hunted because of greed. This is not something that can be solved overnight, but South Africans must be made aware that it is their National heritage that is being stolen from their children's children.

  • Siotine - 2011-11-09 11:12

    Whats this stupid governement doing bout it?? Shoot to kill!! And if any government officials are close by, stray bullets are welcome.

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