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October 15, 2012 - Jing Daily
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JOHANNESBURG — More than 30 rhinos have been killed in South Africa over the past two weeks, taking to 488 the toll of the pachyderms slaughtered this year to satisfy a booming Asian demand for their horns, the government said Tuesday.
"A total of 488 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year," said a government statement, up from 455 reported killed on October 16.
The 33 "were killed over the past two weeks," environmental affairs spokesman Albi Modise told AFP.
South Africa, home to the world's largest rhino population -- more than 18,000 white rhino and around 1,600 critically endangered black rhino -- has seen a dizzying spike in the pace of rhino killings.
The animals' distinctive horns are hacked off to be smuggled to the Asian black market where the fingernail-like substance is falsely believed to have powerful healing properties.
The horn is touted as a potent aphrodisiac and even a cure for cancer.
Authorities have so far arrested 214 suspects in connection with the killings.
Last year, a total of 448 rhinos were poached, up from 333 in 2010 and just 13 in 2007
Most of the rhinos are killed in the world-famous Kruger National Park and their horns turn up on the black market in Vietnam, China and other east Asian nations where they are literally worth their weight in gold.
More rhinoceros have been killed this year than any year before as Asian demand for horns fuels illicit trade.
JOHANNESBURG - Elise Daffue will never forget coming upon the young male rhinoceros dying in agony in the South African bush.
The young bull was struggling to breathe as it lay in the tall grass. It had been shot in the head. Maggots swarmed across its bloody snout where poachers had crudely hacked off its horn.
The animal's top lip was paralysed; it had tried to chew on grass but couldn't summon the strength.
The rescue team determined that the animal had been laying there for a week.
"It broke my heart and it broke my soul," said Daffue, the founder of stoprhinopoaching.com, who said that the plight of the animal inspired her to continue her mission. "Seeing that animal and seeing what he's been through and knowing we were helpless to help him. … Not a day goes by when his life doesn't touch my life."...
Pretoria - Rhinos belonging to game farmer Dawie Groenewald, one of the people implicated in a ring that allegedly killed rhinos and traded in their horns, will be sent to another game farm for safe keeping pending the finalisation of the criminal trial....
KwaZulu-Natal - Three KwaZulu-Natal conservation agencies have joined forces to develop ideas to fight rhino poaching, KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife said on Friday.
“The poaching of our province's rhinos can only be stopped through a collaborative effort,” said Bandile Mkhize, Ezemvelo's chief executive officer.
“Our initial emphasis will be on addressing the issues identified through Ezemvelo's internal investigation of the recent poaching incidents at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.”
The three agencies are Ezemvelo, the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the African Conservation Trust.
Last week, the department of environmental affairs said the number of rhinos killed in South Africa this year so far had reached 455.
This was more than the total figure for last year which stood at 448.
Of the 455 killed, 272 rhino were poached in the Kruger National Park.
Despite the high incidence of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, which was reported this week as having already exceeding 280 rhinos, a dedicated group of police personnel will be withdrawn from the Kruger National Park by the end of October. The DA has been informed by a high ranking source in the SAPS that the decision will be formalised at a meeting of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) today.
Apparently top management in the SAPS did not make an application for funds in the adjustment budget, and are now without funding for these specialised anti-poaching operations. The DA is deeply concerned by the proposed redeployment of these police personnel, and calls on the National Police Commissioner Riah Piyega and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to urgently intervene to stop the redeployment.
The police officers affected by this decision range between eight and twenty in number. They are very experienced in conducting police work in a bush environment, and have been successful in assisting park rangers track and arrest poachers. Most importantly, this group of police officers has a dedicated helicopter used in anti-poaching operations that will also be removed from the Park.
One would think that in the R62.5bn budget that Parliament appropriated to the police that there would be funds available for the anti-poaching efforts in Kruger. It makes matters worse that the police, after six months into the financial year, are under spending their budget. If funds for specialised budgeted programmes are a problem then the relevant officials should have applied for a virement in the adjustment budget, which would involve the shifting of funds between identified activities in the budget.
Since the beginning of 2010 approximately 700 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the Kruger National Park. The rate of poaching is increasing despite increased enforcement efforts. Yesterday Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made an extra R80m available for efforts to combat poaching in Kruger. This will among other things pay for the 150 additional rangers and the introduction of improved aerial surveillance technology. As of now 49 of the additional rangers are in the field, a further 50 will complete training in the coming days, and the final 50 will be in the field by the end of the financial year.
While some enforcement capabilities are thus improving, it is a blow that the specialised police personnel are being removed.
South Africa's top cops must ensure that the group of police officers deployed in Kruger remain in place at the end of the month. I will be publishing parliamentary questions to the Police Minister next week asking why additional funds were not requested and what steps he is taking to ensure a continued police presence in South Africa's premier conservation area.
Gareth Morgan, Shadow Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
Vietnamese nationals spent up to US$22 million on rhino hunting licenses in South Africa between 2003 and April this year, when the country began refusing rhino hunting permits to all Vietnamese, according to statistics released a meeting in Ninh Binh Province....
According to statistics from international organizations, between 2007 and 2009, Vietnamese hunters ranked second, after only the Americans, in terms of the number of rhinos they hunted in South Africa.
Between July 2009 and April 2012, there were 185 Vietnamese among 384 foreigners who came to South Africa for rhino hunting.
According to wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, figures from the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) show there were 657 rhino horns legally imported from South Africa into Vietnam as hunting trophies between 2003 and 2010....
Vietnamese conservation experts say most of the rhino horns imported into Vietnam were then sold to China or Hong Kong...
Durban - A R100 000 reward has been offered by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife for the capture of the poachers who killed and dehorned a rhino in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at the weekend.
In a statement released on Monday, the park’s chief executive Andrew Zaloumis said the carcass of the rhino was discovered in the Ozabeni section of the park in northern KwaZulu-Natal by a patrol.
"Both horns were very crudely removed. We are incensed by the senseless killing of this rhino," he said.
Tony Conway, the park’s Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife co-ordinator, said a R100 000 reward was being offered to anyone who provided information leading to the poachers' arrest and conviction.
The latest rhino fatality brings to 57 the number of rhino killed by poachers in KwaZulu-Natal. Nationally, the figure stands at 456 rhino killed since the beginning of the year.
This is the sixth rhino poached in the park in the past 24 months.
A rhino was poached in the Western Shores section of iSimangaliso about seven days ago.
"Destroying endangered species is an ecological and economic crime. Not only are rhino part of our collective national heritage, [but] the presence of wildlife is a vital resource for the country and region," said Zaloumis.
"In a region marked by poverty, tourism and conservation are the biggest employers on which families’ survival and paying school fees depend."
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