Scams could leave public 'rhino-ed out'

2012-08-18 20:55

Johannesburg - Bogus non-governmental organisations (NGO's) claiming to raise funds for anti-rhino poaching initiatives are on the rise, the Saturday Star reported.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) told the newspaper they counted 260 new NGO's who were supposedly working towards the cause.

EWT manager Kirsty Brebner said the trust were worried that many fake organisations could have a negative impact on their authentic projects.

"This is of great concern as it contributes to donor fatigue," said Brebner.

NGO's usually get funds by selling keyrings, t-shirts, hand chains, CD's and plush toys to supporters.

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal co-ordinator Jabulani Ngubane said people could become confused about which organisation to follow.

"Having so many projects can be confusing to the average citizen. And with increasingly simpler ways to make a contribution and bombarding of the 'save the rhino' message, the public are at risk of being rhino-ed out," he told the newspaper.

Environmentalists and government have increased efforts to curb poaching by increasing border control measures and deploying sniffer dogs at airports and game reserves, among other initiatives.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-18 21:05

    This is disgusting!!!

      reveng21 - 2012-08-19 10:19

      Would be nice if information on how to donate to EWT was included in the article: EWT Donate EWT Facebook

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-18 21:08

    I'm already sick of it. People jumping out of planes, selling this selling that, insurance and car dealerships giving x amount to anti rhino poaching if you buy this or that...most of it will have no effect on the serious problem of Rhino poaching. Its a commercial opportunity for most.

      estie.kretschmer - 2012-08-19 16:10

      It's attitudes like this that is the REAL poison. Sorry, Nicholas, but there is a LOT of good being done for the right reasons. Your attitude is a sign of our apathetic & indifferent society, who love to complain but don't get off their backsides to actually DO something to help. "No one has ever made a bigger mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." I do my research and make sure it's a legitimate company, but I cannot sit still and just shrug my shoulders. I hope there are more people like me out there...

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-19 16:27

      @estie Clap, clap, clap... Goody for you worried about rhinos and doing your home work, while holding no political or religious views. And the world is going to hell in a broken handcart as a result of politics and religion. Does not mean that the man, because he hates the rhino hype, is not cleaning HIV kids butts at a hospices over weekends or praying for peace. What is more important, nearly 40 lives lost on a hilltop or a rhino? SA murders 10 000 to date. The rhinos 300.

      estie.kretschmer - 2012-08-19 16:50

      @Desilusionada I never said one thing is more important than another. I was referring to an attitude. There is no reason to be dismissive of one plight in favour of another. All lives are important. A life is a life. And your sarcasm does not fase me :)

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-19 19:34

      You are completely missing my point Estie. I am not saying no good is being done, I am saying I am sick and tired of people cashing in on the Rhino cause and drawing attention to themselves.

      dean.polley.3 - 2012-08-19 21:54

      @Desilusionada -"What is more important, nearly 40 lives lost on a hilltop or a rhino?" 40 out of 49,000,000 or 300 out of 20,000 - I think rhino more important!!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-18 21:13

    Unfortunately the tracking and conviction of these sub-humans will now be far down the agenda after this week's fiasco on a hilltop...

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2012-08-18 21:24

    Unfortunately this is the truth and makes it really hard for those of us who are doing an honest job. Please people don't just hand over money, ask questions, ask how much actually goes to the cause, what salaries does the organization take, what are your admin costs. Its your money and you have the right to know where it goes. To many people using the plight of the rhino to feather their own bed.

  • flower.fourie - 2012-08-19 05:41

    The problem is with people who donate. For some reason people don't do their research when donating. They get all emotional and stupid. If I donate money I always do thorough research first. And I never "like a page for a cause" as 90 % of those are just people spreading viruses.

  • reveng21 - 2012-08-19 10:18

    Would be nice if information on how to donate to EWT was included in the article: EWT Donate EWT Facebook

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-19 12:45

    Good information of to whom to donate would be helful.

  • KennySven - 2012-08-19 12:58

    Stop pushing your news24 apps down our throats,I don't wan't it ENOUGH

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-19 15:33

    please just use some df and go to the World Wildlife Fund if you want to donate, at least you will have pease of mind. In my eyes anyone selling keyrings, or asking for money at shopping centres for anything eg. rhinos, first will pay themselves and then if they have a good heart will give to the rhino fund per say... how much money they pay themselves is the big question.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-20 05:35

    Its disgusting how criminals will take advantage of everyday people trying to do good. Without Trust a country has nothing, just like a relationship... Think about it!

  • jhon.gills - 2012-08-21 15:59

    I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.

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