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Seven held for kudu poaching

2011-04-25 17:59

Johannesburg - Seven young men were arrested in Kwanobuhle after being found in possession of the body of a one-year-old kudu, Uitenhage police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu said police were doing routine patrols on Friday when they noticed the men carrying suspicious-looking bags.

After stopping and searching the men, they found a kudu that had recently been killed as well as pangas and other home-made implements used for slaughtering.

Naidoo said the young kudu may have been killed in Wincanton Estates near Port Elizabeth.

The men, aged between 16 and 21, were charged with being in possession of kudu meat without a valid permit.

They will appear in court on Tuesday.
 

Comments
  • The captain - 2011-04-25 19:37

    Kind of reminds me of robin hood- the pesants were not allowed to hunt on the Kings land. It's no excuse but the poor are forced to poached while the kings just get fatter. The more things the more they stay the same

      cdw - 2011-04-25 23:03

      Rubbish! This kudu belongs to a farmer who has looked after it and fed it during this difficult drought. If only you could see how these poor, hungry people go about killing these animals - not humanely, no! They most probably catch it in a snare and then go after it with stones or clubs; an extremely cruel death. Or they corner it in a wire fence and kill it. Once you've seen this, you'll change your mind about the poor hungry deprived people - they are thieving, cruel monsters who are, most of the time, too lazy to work for food.

  • Vivian - 2011-04-25 19:39

    Wow now tht sucks coz if they were to get snteced thn being alive wuldnt be worth it...

  • vicj - 2011-04-25 19:39

    What happened to the article and comments on Costu march in C.T.

  • Woseck - 2011-04-25 20:14

    Pangas and home made implements, eg: Snares. Did the police question them if they are subsistent or commercial poachers? Did the police ask them where the area is where they caught the Kudu? Did they ask if there might be more snares in the area of operations? Now is the time to be pro-active instead of being re-active. How sure are the police that the Kudu is 1 year old? Was it male or female? Difficult to tell since Poachers usually leave the head at the scene where they caught it, due to the fact that the head don't have real value and it is more weight to carry.

      RobertKay - 2011-04-25 20:44

      One doesn't really need the head to tell whether it was male or female. That will show in other regions. Apart from this, the head is also liked, as the brain, eyes and tongue are considered delicacies. I do agree with your pro-active statements though. A young kudu is hardly worth while, but I suppose if you have nothing..... Pity though - there isn't an abundance of kudu in that part of the world. Hopefully an example will be set with the poachers' convictions and sentences.

  • Cronje - 2011-04-26 03:56

    ProudOfPink, when did u progress from 4 legged to 2 legged.

  • Cronje - 2011-04-26 04:05

    If YOU had NOTHIING to eat and a family to feed - sorry, no job - what(really)would you do? Starve or steal? I knw it is cruel. I have seen animals in snares and hurts to see it and one's immediate thought is, what monster can do such a thing. But then one must try to put yourself in the other's shoes. Not defending poaching and the ways in which it is done but from my cozy surroundings and 3 fridges full of food, my dogs that never go hungry, I cant see how You cant see.

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