Poaching claims 455 rhino in SA

2012-10-16 14:22

Bloemfontein - The number of rhino illegally hunted and killed in South Africa this year has reached 455, the department of environmental affairs said on Tuesday.

This total was already more than the figure for the whole of last year.

South Africa lost a total of 448 rhino to poaching activities in 2011, mostly for the illegal rhino horn trade.

The bulk of animals already lost this year were in the Kruger National Park, where 272 rhino were poached since the beginning of 2012.

It was already 20 animals more than in 2011.

The provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West were the hardest hit by poachers and had lost collectively 150 rhino this year.

Department spokesperson Albi Modise said 207 people had been arrested for poaching and illegal trading in rhino horn.

These included 179 poachers, 10 people who received illegal rhino horns, and 18 people who acted as couriers for illegal rhino horns.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-16 14:36

    At an average price of R1.5 million for a rhino bull, this is an expensive, uselesss,hideous crime. Let alone the pain and suffering of the poor beast. With all the resources of the 'game' world, one thing is their fault. There are one or two excellent preventative measures that are on the market, unfortunately, they too are very expensive. Many game owners decline the risk. eish.....the Kruuger park ? that was bound to happen, given that they opened up the fence for all and sundry to cross over. Possibly the solution is an increase in anti poaching people, although of course, it can be argued that many of them are the thieves? Money always talks ne?

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-16 14:57

      Out of control !!! What are we to do ??!!?? It seems the war against these f*ckers is being lost.

  • letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-10-16 14:38

    '207 people had been arrested or poaching and illegal trading in rhino horn' should read '207 people have mysteriously disappeared...'. If only

  • Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-16 14:39

    I think its time we send the armed robbers who are sitting in jails doing nothing to Vietnam, to fight those sick bastards...

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-10-16 14:53

      It worries me that they let the robbers keep their weapons in jail.

      Mtuba4u - 2012-10-16 16:22

      Armed robbers should be strung up at the gallows, executed in public for all to see and then evaluate the value of crime. In the past stock theft was also punishable by death, usually hanging. I say that all rhino poachers should be executed in public, with a big pomp and ceremonious affair so all future rhino poaches could see their just rewards and think clearly about the consequences of stock theft. This can only be put in place if legal trade in rhino products is encouraged and enforced. The current situation of banning trade in rhino products is extremely counter productive, just as releasing armed villains into public life is counter productive. It is time to think clearly and take some therapy for PTDS (Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome) to counter the effects of the violent and brutal images shown by the ANTI POACHING ACTIVIST crews who have been using emotional blackmail as a fund raising tool and a lever to ensure that trade in rhino products s banned. These activists have had a very negative impact on the rhinos plight as they show blatant disrespect for others cultures.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-16 14:41

    Declare all poachers open game and just shoot them - the African solution.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-16 14:59

    And still nothing is done. Soon, we can look back in hindsight and start blaming everyone else.

  • Johnny - 2012-10-16 15:02

    One always hears about poachers apprehended but one never hears when they appear in courts or what sentences have been passed. Shame on the Dept of Environmental Affairs as well as the Minister Edna Malewa who always has a big mouth but never does anything to prevent poaching. Again, what do these Ministers know about the Departments they run. Pay is good every month. So what !! Main area is the Kruger Park. So why not investigate the Rangers again. Give them lie detecter tests. Or are they afraid what they will find out about their own.?? Stated before that the old Recces be called up or the soldiers of the now defunct 32 Battalion who served on the borders. They will sort the problem out very quickly. But this Government is absolutely useless. get new people in Gov and new head of the Kruger Park as well as new rangers.

  • ronnie.herr.1 - 2012-10-16 15:22

    Why cannot the Parks Board remove the horns from the Rhinos and offer them for sale at a dead cheap prices so that poachers cannot compete on price and whoever wants a Rhino horn and get it for nothing. It must cost the poachers a huge amount of money to organise a rhino kill including helicopters and trackers, so if the price for the horn is so cheap then the poachers will stop doing this, its all about money.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-16 15:24

    all that will be left of SA after the ANC are done is huge patch of soil, where nothing grows or can live. it makes me so sad that the trafficking in these amazing creatures will lead to their extinction. i hope the people who consume the horns die slow painful deaths then come back as rhinos...

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-16 16:02

    1 rhino - 10 Chinese

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-10-16 16:05

    the blood of poachers cures AIDS! spread the word!!

  • Mtuba4u - 2012-10-16 16:09

    Hey, lets get real, what solutions do you propose? I propose that we show some respect for those that want to use Rhino products, and legalise the trade in Rhino products. Then ensure that the illegal trade in Rhino products gets the harshest punishment possible, perhaps even the death penalty. If this route is not followed, then which rhino farmer will survive economically? If there is no economic benefit from keeping live rhino on ones property then rhinos will soon be the exclusive domain of historical museums and our children's grandchildren will not see a live rhino! By showing some respect and acknowledging the importance of rhino horn in others cultures, we will gain some respect and be able to hold a better position in the anti poaching arena. The current situation where there is no legal trade in Rhino products is extremely counter productive, and the evidence is there for all to see. Once again I say show some respect for others cultures, and you will get some in return. Show disrespect for others cultures and you will receive disrespect at all levels. The disrespect is costing us dearly in the numbers of poached rhino and needs to be addressed socially by ensuring that the anti poaching initiatives address the real issues. Legalise rhino products and ensure that there are means for rhino farmers to generate an income that is sufficient to sustain the rhino population.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-16 17:29

    From this report it is clear that Rhinos are not protected in SA. All Rhinos should be moved to a central location where there are no mountains or thick bush. The whole area should be fenced in with electric fencing of 3M high. A second fence 3M high should be erected 3M from the first fence, with lots of land mines between the 2 fences. Watch towers, manned by guards with machine guns should be erected within view of each other all round the enclosure. The guards should shoot to kill each and every thing that tries to enter the enclosure. Radar should be scanning the sky 24/7, and all aircraft entering the air space of the enclosure should be forced down. (no fly zone). When we do all this, we can say we are protecting our Rhinos.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-11-06 13:02

    I think its time for SA famers to start breeding the Rhinos fast, this will help us recover the number of Rhinos lost up to know. And famers must remove all horns from the rhinos so that the porchers get nothing. Because in five years time they will be no rhinos in SA.

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