RHINO FRIDAY via Ayesha Cantor
293 rhino poached in SA
Its been another brutal week for rhino, and I guess by extension it’s been a brutal week for those who physically work towards ‘saving rhino’ too.
Along the way, for every snippet of seemingly good news, there is a ton of bad news on its heels.
It feels like one step forward and then ten steps back….
Namibia recently arrested Chinese Nationals in possession of rhino horn.
But at the same time, they have had two poaching incidents in as many weeks.
The much asked for MOU between SA and Mozambique is finally signed, but then…is it worth the paper it’s written on….?
Please stop poaching our rhino. At least leave us a few. We’re not sure we necessarily want to SAVE them. But we do want to turn as much profit as we possibly can by enacting a legal trade. Once this happens, feel free to BUY as much horn as you’d like.
Your friends in SA
112 pieces of rhino horn worth an estimated R160m have been stolen from the safe of a tourism organisation in Mpumalanga,
Two young men arrested for having the intention to poach - Tzaneen…. Don’t think for one minute that you know who is poaching our rhino - former and current protectors turn killers, utterly shameful !
And is if all the above is not bad news enough - THIRTY FIVE rhino die from disease on a private rhino farmers property.
John Hume has lost 35 rhinos due to disease in the last 2 months. All his remaining rhinos (about 1000) will now need to be inoculated against the Clostridium novyi bacteria. At present there is no innoculation for the particular strain of bateria.
Some ecologists maintain the high rainfall in the area and the unnatural environment the rhinos are in has facilitated the development of the bacteria. The high numbers of rhinos increases the risk and it may be posible that the carrying capacity of the present environment has been exceeded.
Local farmers have been put on alert and the carcasses of the dead rhinos were burned to prevent contamination of the rhino herd.
Then I read this on OSCAP
Message in from resident in Hong Kong regarding demand reduction campaigns:
"They are passing out prison terms to anyone found with a whole series of animals...bears ,tigers ,pangolin,monkeys,dogs. 420 species in all..it's serious .
I am also seeing ads on Chinese TV shaming buyers of Ivory,turtle shells etc.
I think the tide has turned on all the practices that we deem barbaric..the west has essentially shamed the Asians..it's the loss of face for the older people and the g...eneral disgust of the younger Asians that is winning the war.
And it's all happening at flank speed."
China are working hard to reduce demand of rhino horn (amongst other things) and changing legislation to make it harder for those who participate in these illegal activities which includes stiffer sentences as mentioned above.
WHEN THE BUYING STOPS – THE KILLING CAN TOO !
BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) -- A draft interpretation of China's Criminal Law, aims to clear up ambiguities by clearly defining eating endangered wild animals, or buying them for this or other purposes, as illegal.