Nearly 300 rhino poached this year

2012-07-17 12:31

Johannesburg - Nearly 300 rhino have been poached this year, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday.

"The number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching," it said in a statement.

The Kruger National Park has had 164 rhinos poached this year. In Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal 110 were poached.

Of the 176 arrests, 153 were poachers, 10 receivers or couriers, six buyers, and seven exporters.

Last year, 448 rhinos were poached countrywide, 252 of these in the Kruger National Park.

The department urged the public to report any illegal activity involving rhino.

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-17 12:37

    This is so so SAD. Such amazing animals. It jsut breaks my heart. i don't think my child will even get to see a Rhino in the wild. What a poor legacy we will leave to our children. - 2012-07-17 13:26

      And the governments solution to this HUGE pressing problem: LEGALISE IT !?!?!?! How stupid can you be? It should be criminalised to kill this animal not legalised!!!!!

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-17 14:02

      I think that it is important to make everybody aware, that if you eat the testicles of a rhino poacher, it will cure AIDS... se how many poachers survive that one...

      christopher.mccormick.127 - 2012-07-17 14:39

      @JAMES, don't be a knob dude. Think about it this way, it's not going to stop anytime soon (hoepfully it will one day) so, in the meantime, why not legalize it and then tax it. You see, this would do a few things: firstly it would take away the money from the criminals and black market, cutting their livelyhood off completely. Secondly it would hopefully result in the proccess being performed in a more humane way rather than simply killing the rhino, they could sedate it, take the horn and it would still live (my knowledge is limited but I believe a rhino horn can grow back?). And thirdly, while the money is gone from the criminals and the rhino are no longer being killed, the money made from the trade could be used to do research into the medicinal properties of the horn, prove that there are non, and then use the money once again to educate people about the findings and end the trade. Its about educating people that the horn has no medicinal value and that they are wasting their time and the lives of rhinos, and by doing this the trade will end. (p.s I do not support rhino poaching in any way, this is a suggestion and that is all)

      jcistheman - 2012-07-17 15:48

      @christopher.mccormick.127 Just how would legalizing it curb the poaching problem? The current rate of poaching far exceeds the population growth of Rhinos so there not much stock to work with in the first place. The assumption that legalised supply would be able to meet the full demand for rhino horn is a stupid one currently and legalisation could have catastrophic results as there are far too many things that could go wrong with legalizing trade. Rhino only have one calf at a time with a gestation period of 14 to 16 months. Its several years before the horn is of any consequential size as it only grows approximately 3cm per years. We already know the medicinal uses for rhino horn (none) as it’s made up of the protein keratin with a dense inner core made of calcium and melanin. It is no different to a horse hooves or a turtle’s beak. Keratin is the stuff that your hair and finger nails are made of and calcium and melanin are common substances found in most mammals. We should legalise a trade based entirely on superstition to the detriment of a species? What’s to stop someone stockpiling legally purchased horn then poaching further to drive the price of his investment up? Next time do some research before coming onto a public forum and insulting people.

      Tree Spirit - NORML ZA - 2012-07-17 16:51 - 2012-07-17 19:32

      Thank you jcistheman, i couldnt have said it better ...

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-17 12:45

    Disgusting...the poor animals

      Chris_420 - 2012-07-18 15:59

      @jcistheman... I see you either didnt read what I said, or simply didnt understand it. PLease tell me how i insulted anyone? Gotta be a bit soft if your hurt being called a knkob? secondly, as you would have seen in my comment i did mention how limited my knowledge is. And thirdly, the only reason I would advocate legalising the trade TO TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM CRIMINALS! do you not realise that with no money they cannot do anything. And lastly reaad the last bit of my comment, it was just a suggestion you wanker! Like i said i do not advocate the poaching of rhino, but as long as its going to happen I would like it to at least be done by a legitimate organization. Its not people like you and I (you will notice how I also said there is no medicinal use for rhino horn) that need to be educated, its the asians buying it over seas!next time you jump down someones throat, read what they had to say first then go for it by all means! just because i suggest an alternative does not mean I am wrong or right, but who the hell are you to decide? punk!

  • anthro45 - 2012-07-17 12:52

    And thanks to our government, another 300 will be killed by the end of the year.

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-07-17 12:53

    Still failing to understand how such cruelty cannot be stopped - theres not indication whatsover that something is being done to deal with this

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-17 12:56

    The game reserve owners and park rangers are involve, it will be imposible to stop, unless the sale of rhino horns is completely banned.

  • tannie.marie - 2012-07-17 13:14

    On Saturday 21 July at 06:00 for 06:30 - Fun Walk at the Pretoria National Zoo. Bring your own Save the Rhino posters. See you there!

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-07-17 13:21

    How can you stop something that is condoned by the powers that be !! School books get dumped , person in charge still around ! Rhino get killed person in charge still around! Our country is stuffed up because of the incompetence of these supposed leader .b6llsh7t.

  • tednhet - 2012-07-17 13:24

    Kill every poacher. dont waste tax payers money on Chinese rubbish

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-17 13:25

    Anton are you a whimp, how can you say Rhino's and sharks are dangereous they are animals in the wild and it's humans invading their space, if the powers that be are all in with the syndicate this will not stop, it all boils down the GREED AND MONEY what's the motto if I don't take it someone else will so why the hell not.

      anton.dwl - 2012-07-17 13:28

      fish in a barrel!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-17 13:25

    Where are the people thats so worried about the sealhunt. This is real tragic. The world could not care less and Greenpeace only do where they can be seen.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-17 13:46

    The sentence that the courts dish out to these despicable crooks,once caught, is not a deterrent and the fines are pathetic. If caught and proven guilty,taking the future of the rhino and our future generations into consideration,they should be sentenced to very long terms in jail and all their possessions should be forfeited to the state/rhino conservation.

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-17 13:49

    We must go to China and butcher 300 Pandas a day

      christopher.mccormick.127 - 2012-07-17 14:41

      your an idiot!

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-17 16:09

      May those scumbags burn in hell one day

  • Johnny - 2012-07-17 13:54

    What are all those game rangers doing at Kruger. ?? Just walking about doing absolutely nothing. As long as pay-day comes along each month. What is the Minister still doing about this matter ?? get the old Recce back to take out these poachers. They will find them quick enough. Then poachers will be on the endangered species list. pathetic what the Department of environmetal Affairs sre doing about this situation. Not even stopping the killing of Lions for their bones.

  • Johnny - 2012-07-17 13:54

    see my comment on facebook.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-17 13:54

    THIS is a job for the Army - if we have one.

  • Johnny - 2012-07-17 13:58

    Get the old Recces to track these idiots down and make poachers a exstict species once and for all. Will only take a couple of weeks. Those guys from 32 Battalion of those days will also help i am sure.

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-17 14:59

    why can't we clone them and sell the cloned horns instead of slaughtering the poor things, surely they can figure out how to clone the horn only? WTF?

  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-07-17 15:53

  • alistair.waymark - 2012-07-17 16:56

    Poison already stockpiled horns, so as to pose no danger to living rhinos, then introduce them randomly into the market, ensuring that they are indistinguishable from unpoisoned horns. That is the only thing that will create panic and a real and sudden decline in demand!

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