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Rhino poachers 'aren't scared'

2010-11-15 09:52

Hartbeesfontein - Poachers shot and killed three rhinos and seriously wounded another two in two separate incidents over the weekend. One poacher was wounded.

Two rhinos were killed and two wounded on the luxury guest farm Shingalana, a lion and rhino reserve about 21km from Hartbeespoort.

The first carcass they found was their breeding bull. The animal's horn had been cut out.

The bull's Achilles tendons had been cut and his eyes were gouged out.

Feel unsafe

On Sunday morning a dead rhino cow without a horn was found in the veld, a stone's throw from the guest lodge.

"Another two cows were injured. One of them had had a shot or a blow to the hind quarters and the other one was shot twice, once through her chin and once through the shoulder. We're waiting for a vet from Rustenburg to advise us as to whether the animals should be euthanised," Rina Jacobs from Shingalana said on Sunday.

Kobus Jacobs and his wife say they feel unsafe on their farm.

"These poachers aren't afraid of us. They come here and poach while we're at home. We're scared. We always thought stock thieves and poachers would rather give us a miss because there are often guests on the farm," said Rina.

She said they heard a gunshot on Friday night while they were entertaining tourists in the boma.

"It was dark and I asked everyone not to go looking for the problem.

"We searched all of Saturday but found nothing."

Kobus said once they had realised the full extent of the events, they were shocked. Now they're just despondent.

"You spend your whole life building something... I don't know why they don't just legalise and regulate hunting for rhino horn.

"Then, I believe, the animals might at least be spared. It (the poaching) is so incredibly cruel," he said.

The couple - who also have lions, buffalo, camels, various antelope species and other animals - lost another rhino cow on October 18.

"They absolutely only target the rhinos, and that's just for their horns. Not one piece of meat is taken so people might think they were hungry or something."

Poacher shot


The fourth rhino was killed on a farm between Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) and Modimolle (Nylstroom) at the weekend.

Police officials and a task team against poaching on Saturday shot one of the poachers involved in this incident in the hip. He was arrested and later treated by paramedics.

The task team spent 18 hours searching for the rest of his group.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto said this incident started at about 05:00 on Saturday.

"The owner of the farm and some of his workers were on patrol on the farm when they heard gunshots," she said.

"They found the dead rhino without its horn and called the police."
 

Comments
  • John - 2010-11-15 10:07

    We need to throw this back at the Horn consumers - how about every time a rhino gets shot, we kill one of their Panda's, or harm some thing they hold valuable. That will make then catch a wake up.... OMG - countering violence with violence, I'm so proudly South-African! hehhehe

      Lyndon - 2010-11-15 14:12

      Any confiscated Rhino Horn (or Perlemoen for that matter) should be treated with poison and released back into the black market.

  • Ockert - 2010-11-15 10:09

    It's becoming obvious that the poachers should not have got bail, they just carry on where they left off and when the ** hits the fan they commit sucidice, almost like the Paedophiles of the 1980's.

  • Megan - 2010-11-15 10:16

    Until they start imposing severe and stiff fines they will continue to be unafraid sadly. I also think Asian governments should be held accountable to a degree as there is a lack of education of the uses of these things. They dont work period - and that needs to be conveyed to the people!!

  • Gorilla - 2010-11-15 10:17

    The ranger is smiling in the photo? whats with that?

      mik74 - 2010-11-15 11:12

      I was thinking exactly the same thing!

      To The Point - 2010-11-15 17:46

      Exactly the rangers and the government are clearly not serious about protecting the Rhino - wonder who exactly makes money from poaching - bet they all in on it – no wonder they are smiling.

      Andrew - 2010-11-19 09:27

      'To The Point' listen here, im a ranger in a big game reserve and trust me, we are trying our best to keep these guys at bay, you folk in town wouldnt understand the late nights we spend patrolling and the many hours on foot. if we lose an animal its a massive loss and a really sad event, we are after all the custodians of these magnificent animals and try our best to look after them so that ppl like you, who just moan and say we are not doing our job, but doing nothing yourself, can see them in the future.

      louis.kriel - 2010-11-23 12:57

      He's very young, they smile at anything!

      Voidy - 2010-11-23 14:35

      He's smiling at the lovely Nicolize van der Walt

  • daaivark - 2010-11-15 10:21

    This industry is highly organised (it must be to operate internationally) and extremely lucrative. Who knows how high up eyes are turned the other way. I reckon people very high in local (even Provincial) govt and in the various enforcement agencies MUST somehow either be involved or are looking the other way. I don't think there is much room for doubt.

  • KarenC - 2010-11-15 10:24

    :'( all I can do is cry.. nothing seems to be getting done about this. Cut the poor rhinos nose off while it is still alive.. and why oh why gouge its eyes out? its not jsut for its horn, its sadistic. Like thoses robber who beat up little old ladies for no reason, after they have taken all her jewlery and money already.

  • Coyote - 2010-11-15 10:38

    Treat the poacher.. whatever!! That's our hard earned tax money going to treat a rubbish who's killing our wildlife so some idiot can have a horny night - or so he thinks. Get real!!

  • bill - 2010-11-15 10:41

    Trated by paramedics ? Throw his carcass to the lions-if they'll eat it

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2010-11-15 11:11

    It's time to deploy the military into all game reserves and game farms. They have had little to do for the past few years- here's a perfect opportunity to use our military resource.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2010-11-15 11:12

    It's time to deploy our military into all game reserves and private game farms. The SANDF has been quiet for the past few years, now's the time and opportunity to use this resource.

      alextmaeron - 2010-11-15 13:35

      Brilliant idea!

  • monresmit - 2010-11-15 11:39

    They should not be allowed bail. They make so much money out of killing rhino's they can afford the bail easilly. Like a R20 note to a normal person. THey should be put into a cage with a very angry rhino

  • gamegard - 2010-11-15 11:54

    SHOOT TO KILL THESE POACHERS. There should be no mercy. No questions. Do not waste time and energy on capturing and prosecuting. KILL THEM. And the farmers should be encouraged to poison the horns, these sick horn users should suffer, there will be nothing left soon and the justice system will still be pondering how to fine these bastards.

  • lynne.shaw - 2010-11-15 12:02

    That photo of Jaco posing with a poached rhino with a smile on his face is rather macabre!

      To The Point - 2010-11-15 17:48

      Exactly the rangers and the government are clearly not serious about protecting the Rhino - wonder who exactly makes money from poaching - bet they all in on it – no wonder they are smiling.

  • knorpantoffel - 2010-11-15 12:12

    Rhino poachers 'aren't scared'. Well why not make them scared? Take the next group of poachers that get caught, let them stand next to the rhino that they killed and shoot them. Then post the video on youtube for all to see. I know we dont live in the dark ages anymore but how else do we stop these killers?

  • nonduplume - 2010-11-15 12:19

    This situation needs a "kill on sight" solution!

  • Keighley-Ann - 2010-11-15 12:57

    I am revolted! I cannot believe that so many are STILL being murdered...can the flipping monkeys that run SANParks flipping well do something...I am enraged!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Physics - 2010-11-15 12:57

    If you do some research into where these horns go you will find they are destined for asia specifically China! now what did the rest of the world do to south africa during apartheid...there were economic sanctions of course ie. a ban on all goods from south africa. If we stop buying goods from china then hopefully China will start doing something about this mess they are causing.

      SafariJules - 2010-11-15 13:47

      It will take too long to turn the economics around and at the current rate of one rhino every day being killed in SA, this is just too high a price we are paying for 'free trade' with China - we need to act NOW! Taiwan is just as bad - they act as the hub for redistribution of horn and ivory. I do already check manufacturers labels for made in China and refuse to buy but we need to get the big names to back our cause and demand this is stopped before they will trade with China again.

  • rockonparty4 - 2010-11-15 14:29

    What happened to the guy that was experimenting with poisoning the horns, does anyone know if he got that right, cos about the only way this is gonna stop is if it's too dangerous to use the horn.

  • capetownblogger - 2010-11-15 16:21

    Jaco Phiser (Visser if you ask me) is grinning from ear to ear...he doesnt look sad to me mate...

  • To The Point - 2010-11-15 17:34

    There is no other option if the government is serious about stopping all our rhino being slaughtered they must change the law and impose the death sentence on any poachers and give Rangers the same freedom to shoot poachers on sight. If drastic steps are not taken the rhino will be extinct before 2012. All African countries and countries that support the anti poaching sentiment should stop trading with China and countries who take no action against their countrymen who trade in Rhino horn. If Government are cowardly to take proper action the public has a choice to stop buying products from these Asian countries.

  • To The Point - 2010-11-15 17:40

    There is no other option if the government is serious about stopping all our rhino being slaughtered they must change the law and impose the death sentence on any poachers and give Rangers the same freedom to shoot poachers on sight. If drastic steps are not taken the rhino will be extinct before 2012. All African countries and countries that support the anti poaching sentiment should stop trading with China and countries who take no action against their countrymen who trade in Rhino horn. If Government are cowardly to take proper action the public has a choice to stop buying products from these Asian countries.

  • To The Point - 2010-11-15 18:07

    Invite those happy hunters from various countries who find pleasure in killing wildlife and who are prepared to pay big Dollars to kill, let them target poachers; bad game rangers and criminals who are sentenced to life for murder, this way they will get more rewarding trophies for their walls and the government will not have to reintroduce the death penalty.

  • jamierichard.carroll - 2010-11-19 06:38

    Please take the picture of this site, its an absolute disgrace you have a 'smiling' ranger posing next to a poached Rhino! How it ever got on this site i will never know...

  • roy.carter68 - 2010-11-20 12:43

    International measures should be to find the ignorant and stupid people who expect medicinal results from compacted hair. It can only be people of wealth and position who can afford to pay the high prices. Yes bring in the SADF. Shoot poachers on sight, a large part of SA's heritage and future tourism industry is at stake.

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