Pregnant rhino cow killed, dehorned

2011-08-16 09:17

Johannesburg - A rhino was found dead and dehorned in Brits on Tuesday, North West police said.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the rhino cow had been pregnant.

"The rhino was found dead this morning with only one horn, the other horn was cut off...," he said.

It was suspected the rhino was shot from a helicopter, flying over land in Buffelsdrive.

While the search was on for suspected poachers, a baby rhino that went missing on the farm a few weeks back was also found dead, he said.

The landowner and the police were searching for the poachers using a helicopter.

  • chantelle.caulkett - 2011-08-16 09:21

    This is disgusting... WHEN WILL IT STOP!!!!! - 2011-08-16 09:43

      I think it should be law to dehorn all rhino in a safe way so that they wont be targeted by these heartless scum killers.

      Wes - 2011-08-16 10:06

      It will stop when the idiots who are paying for horn realise that it is cheaper and more effective to buy viagra

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 10:24

      Oh stinkpony, always trying to detract into a racial mudsling... grow up.

      frangelico - 2011-08-16 12:08

      Better still,dehorn the males ifthey are caught,if they are female take from them what they value most I think you all know what I am refering to.

      Nero - 2011-08-16 12:37

      Mother%$£%rs!!! I suppose if human life is worth R1.50 then a rhino has no chance.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-16 14:25

      cut their heads off and stick them on stakes along the park boundaries, should get their attention finding their friends mutilated bodies scattered around

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  • SGL - 2011-08-16 09:34

    It is time for SA Conservation to take the government to task about this. The East (ie. Taiwan, Vietnam, China) should be hammered as they are the ones recruiting the poachers so that they can buy these horns.

      embargo - 2011-08-16 10:09

      Oops, that may affect trade agreements with China, our considered future economic salvation. That is until the Chinese employee awakens to the facts of how they are being exploited to benefit their state and all the companies who have deceived their own populace by relocating manufacturing there for nothing more than pursuit of their own financial gain and of their shareholders too. IN TOTAL AGREEMENT that this BEHAVIOUR SHOULD BE SEEN AS MURDER, the taking of another's life ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE ANIMAL IS DEFENCELESS AGAINST THE USE OF A FIREARM.

      Melanie Walsh - 2011-08-16 10:22

      It is an illegal smuggling trade. I don't think the eastern traders get the horns directly from the African poachers. The eastern traders aren't necessarily lawful either. It is a deplorable situation, but one that both governments are probably fighting. Organized crime and the black market are the issues.

  • juan - 2011-08-16 09:35

    Vang die bliksems en sny hulle horings af sonder mediese voorsorg of verdowing!!!!!!!!

  • theratlady - 2011-08-16 09:39

    Disgusting!! A while back they started a progect in the kruger park where they safetly sedated and dehorned their rhinos so that they would not fall vivtim to poaching. Why was this stopped.

      buzz - 2011-08-16 11:22

      The reason that has been stopped is because the poachers track the animal, and when they find it without a horn, they shoot it anyway to ensure that they don't waste their time tracking the same, hornless animal again.

  • Gavin - 2011-08-16 09:45

    I read the other day that the horns harvested from these beautiful creatures go to Vietnam. I also read that police had rescued a 1000 dogs that were destined to be eaten in that god forsaken country as well. Anyone got a spare nuke handy ?

  • Sharon - 2011-08-16 09:49

    Swines !! We need to de-horn them, you know what I mean !

  • michael.ferraris - 2011-08-16 09:59

    thanks for ruining my day

  • The Dude - 2011-08-16 10:15

    why is there not a death penalty in this country

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 10:24

      Because the ANC would lose voters..

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-16 10:28

      Point Blank. 100%...Spot on.

      Werner Pretorius - 2011-08-16 10:31

      @Point Blank: Best comment all year!!! And no-one can deny it!

  • Fedup - 2011-08-16 10:18

    I hate these FRIKKIN BASTARDS. Surely the government must step in now and do something to save these animals (I mean the Rhino not the frikken animals that have done this)

      frangelico - 2011-08-16 12:05

      fedup,how many times have I said don't compare humans to animals,I have yet to see an animal to inflickt such pain and cruelty on another animal unless it needs food which is the law of the wild.Rather call them sub- human vermin,trash ,garbage anything but not animals.

      Fedup - 2011-08-16 12:13

      Sorry frangelico and yes I agree with you I have 4 chow chow's at home and I do enjoy the wild animals, will in future call them frikkin trash

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-08-16 10:27

    These guys have no heart.....I pray to God they found n rot in jail.

      Vanessa - 2011-08-16 10:37

      I hope they find them and "dehorn" them - see how they like it.

  • Werner Pretorius - 2011-08-16 10:30

    SHOOT FIRST!! Then ask questions! Come on... How inhumane can society be?

  • Jannes - 2011-08-16 10:30

    This is appalling. However, i find it interesting that many people who protest these killings eat meat and wear animal skin (leather products). By no means am I accusing you, its just an observation. What makes a rhino more special than a cow, chicken, ostrich, kudu or even crocodile - all animals that regularly get slaughter so that people can use its by-products. Its rather "speciesist", thinking that one creature's life is more important that another's. Like I said, this is not an attack on meat-eaters nor on anyone who has contributed to the comments below. Its just something to think about. (I don't eat meat for ethical and health reasons, hence my interest)

      Susannomore - 2011-08-16 11:57

      Just a question Jannes how do you know that the commentors are meat eaters? I don't see anyone stating this. I see see what you are observing.

      Tinkie - 2011-08-16 13:15

      It could maybe have something to do with the fact that the rhinos will go extinct very soon if this continues. Our kids will only then know of these wonderful animals through books and old TV programmes.

  • Mikea - 2011-08-16 10:32

    Sick. Kill these Bastards.

  • Ndividia - 2011-08-16 10:37

    When will this s h i t stop for heavens sake. I am so mad here sitting in my office I want to take part in a poacher hunt now. STOP THIS KILLINGS YOU POACHER S H I T HEAD.

  • Angel - 2011-08-16 10:43

    My the money they make off of this disgusting brutal killing be their downfall!

  • Ann - 2011-08-16 10:54

    I am at a loss for words. My anger has exploded so many times regarding these senseless acts of murder that I now feel dumbfounded! It also just makes me want to cry when I see any animals being targeted by unscroupulous people in the name of money. It's about time that poaching of any of our animals is prioritised and the penalty is so severe that people will seriously think twice.

  • Anon8367 - 2011-08-16 11:43

    In my opinion the government cannot be less interested in clamping down the poaching. This will continue unabated until the last rhino is gone and all the other game will also be systematically wiped out in the name of culture, superstition or tradition. What I find so ironic is that cultures rather in desperate need of contraception and population control, are the ones pursuing aphrodesiacs and fertility potions! Zipped it up people, enough already.

  • Mart - 2011-08-16 13:25

    I am wondering if there are Government officials involved....diplomatic bags etc.

  • Tracy - 2011-08-16 13:56

    poachers should have their hands cut off!!!!

  • eileen - 2011-08-16 15:40

    eileenblackburn A bullet is too good for them. Force 1000 Viagra down their throats and leave them in a rooom for 72 hours!!!!!

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