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Poaching: Molewa calls for harsh sentence

Johannesburg - A Thai national convicted of illegally trading in and exporting rhino horn should be punished harshly, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

 

Chumlong Lemthongthai pleaded guilty to all charges against him in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday. In a statement read by his lawyer Terry Price, Lemthongthai said he realised he was acting unlawfully, contravening the Customs and Excise Act, and committing fraud.

 

He pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining hunting permits that led to the illegal exportation of nearly 26 rhino horns. He was arrested in 2011 and denied bail. He had been in custody since then. His co-accused Marnus Steyl, out on R100,000 bail, also appeared in court on Monday.

 

Molewa lauded the country's law enforcement agencies and the SA Revenue Services in fighting poaching, the department said in a statement. A total of 222 people had been arrested for rhino poaching and related activities since the beginning of 2012.

 

South Africa had lost 528 rhinos to poachers in 2012. The Kruger National Park remained the hardest hit, having lost a total of 320 rhino since the beginning of 2012.

 

The department said it had introduced revised norms and standards for the marking of rhino horn, and for the hunting of rhino for trophy purposes. This saw the introduction of stricter controls for the granting of trophy hunting permits in South Africa.

 

“Should there be a clear abuse or absolute collapse in any of these controls or of provincial permitting systems, then the minister of water and environmental affairs reserves the right to institute a moratorium on hunting of rhinoceros,” the department said.

 

The new norms and standards stipulated that hunting applicants had to submit proof of membership to a recognised hunting association. Members were only allowed to hunt one white rhino per year. The hunt had to be accompanied by an environmental management inspector, or an official of the issuing authority.

 

The official accompanying the hunt had to take DNA samples of the rhino horn and fit it with a microchip.

 

The minister warned that individuals found guilty of abusing the hunting permit system would be severely dealt with. - Sapa

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Rhino horn smuggler pleads guilty

Rhino horn smuggler pleads guilty | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai on Monday pleaded guilty to some charges levelled against him.

 

JOHANNESBURG – Rhino horn smuggler Chumlong Lemtongthai on Monday pleaded guilty to abusing the permits system in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court.

 

Lemtongthai and five others were accused of being involved in an alleged syndicate, which used prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters.

 

In a dramatic twist on Monday, prosecutors withdrew charges against the remaining suspects.

Monday was supposed to mark the start of one of the country’s most high-profile rhino horn smuggling cases.

 

Investigators from the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and their witnesses arrived in court and appeared ready to testify.

 

But after lunch, prosecutor Alan Simpson made a bombshell announcement, telling the court all but one of the accused were being set free.

 

Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to around 25 of 80 charges.

 

He will be sentenced either on Monday or later this week.

 

Lemtongthai apologised to South Africa for his crimes, but cleared the game farm owners by saying they knew nothing about the fake hunters. 

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Sentencing of businessman postponed yet again

Sentencing of businessman postponed yet again | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As the slaughter of South African rhinos continues, the wheels of justice keep on turning at a slow pace.

 

The sentencing of businessman Yahya Shoeb Jiwa of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) has yet again been placed on hold.

 

The 45-year-old Jiwa appeared in the Musina Regional Court last Friday. He had already pleaded guilty in July this year on charges relating to restricted activities on a special protected species without the necessary permits. Jiwa was arrested in February last year when he tried to buy rhino horns from a police agent.

 

Since pleading guilty, Jiwa has been awaiting his sentence. Instead, his defence team has asked for yet another postponement. They requested a pre-sentencing report to be compiled by the Department of Correctional Services to support a petition to ask the court for correctional supervision of Jiwa rather than a jail sentence....

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Kenya: Rangers Kill Two Poachers After Nyeri White Rhino

Kenya: Rangers Kill Two Poachers After Nyeri White Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
TWO suspected poachers were yesterday morning shot dead at the Solio Ranch Sanctuary in Nyeri. The two middle-aged men broke into the heavily guarded ranch at about 3am.

 

However, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers spotted them and shot them on the spot. One of the poachers was armed with a G3 rifle while the other one was armed with a Somali sword.

 

Nyeri Police boss Kirunya Limbitu said a pair of pliers, a torch and seven bullets were also recovered at the scene. "They were targeting a black rhino or white rhino, which are very rare species in the area," said Kirunya who was accompanied by Kieni West DO John Marete.

 

He said the two gained entry at the Eastern side of the ranch after cutting the electric fence using pliers. Kirunya added that police have leads which will help in investigations because they recovered a mobile phone.

 

"The two who were aged between 35 and 40 years of age were taking advantage of the bright moon during the night unfortunately or fortunately were seen by the KWS personnel before they killed any wild animal," he added. The bodies were taken to Nyeri Provincial General Hospital for postmortem.

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9 rhino killed on N.West farm

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JOHANNESBURG - Nine rhinos have been killed for their horns at a game farm in the North West province.

 

Police were called to the farm earlier this week, after a rhino had been wounded.

 

But in the last 24 hours, nine carcasses and three wounded rhinos have been discovered.

Game Farm owner Braam van Greening said rhino poaching in the area had gotten out of control.

 

He said they would remove all rhino’s from the farm.

 

Van Greening said he had informed nature conservation services that they were facing a “crisis” in the area.

 

No arrests had yet been made by 12:20pm.

 

Almost 500 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of 2012.

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48 Hours: From Rhino's Nose to Hanoi Market - INFOGRAPHIC

48 Hours: From Rhino's Nose to Hanoi Market - INFOGRAPHIC | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

According to WWF it takes just 48 hours from the time a rhino's horn is brutally removed from the rhino till it is available for sale in markets like Hanoi.

 

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Poachers kill 33 rhinos in two weeks in S. Africa

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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.

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South Africa rhino poaching hits record high VIDEO

South Africa rhino poaching hits record high VIDEO | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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."...

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/10/2012102992814639989.html ;

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Molewa hopeful rhino-poaching agreement will be signed this year

Molewa hopeful rhino-poaching agreement will be signed this year | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Memorandum of understanding ‘has long been ready’ in South Africa, and minister hopes it will be signed on a working visit to China and Vietnam next month...
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Rhinos sent to game farmer for protection

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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....

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Anti-poaching think-tank formed - KwaZulu-Natal

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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.

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South Africa: Rhino Poaching - Why Are the SAPS Personnel Leaving the Kruger 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

 

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Vietnamese spend $22 million on rhino hunting permits in South Africa

Vietnamese spend $22 million on rhino hunting permits in South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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...

 

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20121019-vietnamese-spend-$22-million-to-obtain-rhino-hunting-permits-in-south-africa.aspx ;

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Rhino poaching kingpin to be sentenced

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Chumlong Lemtongthai has failed to implicate anyone else in the crimes he has pleaded guilty to.

 

JOHANNESBURG - Self-confessed rhino horn smuggler Chumlong Lemtongthai has failed to implicate anyone else in the crimes he has pleaded guilty to.


Lemtongthai will return to the Kempton Park Magistrate's court on Wednesday, where sentencing will begin.

 

On Monday, his five co-accused were set free after all charges against them were dropped by the state.

 

Lemtongthai's lawyer, Terry Price, read out a statement from his client in which he admitted to using fake hunters to secure permits and export rhino horn to South East Asia.

 

But the statement cleared game farm owner Marnus Steyl and made no mention of any accomplices.

 

Questions have been asked about why charges were dropped against the other accused, while animal rights activists have called for further investigation and more arrests.

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14 rhinos de-horned in two provinces

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Fourteen rhino have been found de-horned in two provinces since Thursday, police said on Sunday.

 

Three of them had been killed.

 

Eleven of the rhino were found at the Hartzhoogte game lodge in Amalia near Schweizer-Reneke in the North West, Capt Paul Ramaloko said in a statement.

 

The game farmer found the first carcass on Thursday after he followed a trail of blood. Following the discovery, the farmer searched his farm and found 10 de-horned rhino, nine of them still alive.

 

The two dead rhino are believed to have been killed almost a month ago.

 

The nine surviving rhino were taken to a place of safety. The estimated loss to the game farmer was about R5 million.


In the Eastern Cape three rhino were found de-horned at a game farm near Kenton-on-Sea.

 

"A driver was taking tourists on a game drive when he noticed three rhino in distress," Ramaloko said.

 

The driver called the police and a veterinarian.

 

"When they arrived at the scene, the police noticed that one of the three rhino was dead. Two rhino were in a critical condition," Ramaloko said.

 

The rhinos had been darted before their horns were removed.
The two wounded rhino were being treated. Police were investigating.

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12-Year-Old Climbs for Conservation

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There are overachievers, and then there is Taylor Justice. The 12-year-old skier/climber/straight-A student started shredding double-black diamond chutes when she was eight. Three years later, she joined the Junior Ski Patrol at Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain. Earlier this year, she rescued a man who’d fallen 30 feet into a ravine on Peru’s Inca Trail, fashioned splints for his broken wrists out of cardboard boxes, and helped him to safety. And later this month, she’ll climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for critically endangered black rhinos....

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501 Dead Rhino to date this year!

501 Dead Rhino to date this year! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

According to OSCAP 501 rhino have been poached this year as of Novemeber 3, 2012

Since 2007 1,498 have been lost!

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Dramatic Rhino Poaching Breakthrough

Dramatic Rhino Poaching Breakthrough | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Via Ed Huydic


Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has made a sensational breakthrough in their quest to track down and capture the rhino poaching syndicates that have taken such a serious toll on these animals of late.


Working day and night over a four- day period last week, Ezemvelo’s Rhino Intervention Co-Ordinator Jabulane Ngubane yesterday announced that four suspected poachers have been arrested after entering Ndumo Game Reserve on Wednesday evening last week.


In the process a .458 heavy calibre rifle with a silencer has been confiscated. Initial findings suggest this to be the same weapon used in many of the recent poaching incidents at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Ndumo Game Reserve.

 

“I cannot verify this until ballistic tests are completed but many of us are convinced we have got the ‘smoking-gun’. In any case I can’t tell you how rewarding this capture is. It’s huge. We’ve learnt many things from them already, one being that this rifle is actually hired out amongst other syndicates. We’ve also established that this gun is owned by a Mozambican national living in Maputo.”


Ngubane said he could not give out too much more information but the suspected poachers had revealed the identity of other poaching syndicates as well as other “critical” information: “I would be disappointed if this breakthrough is not followed up with new arrests soon”.


Ezemvelo’s CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize was thrilled and even emotional with the breakthrough.
“Beyond the headlines, people just don’t recognise how hard we are working to try and stamp out this horror. It takes time and infinite patience to follow up leads. I am over the moon with this news,” he said.


Ngubane said following strong intelligence tip-offs earlier last week, he assembled a 15-strong anti-poaching unit from a number of Ezemvelo’s reserves and combined these with a select four-man group from the SAPS’s Organised Crime Unit. They headed to Ndumo Game Reserve last Wednesday where intelligence said they would be entering the reserve on Wednesday afternoon.


All four were detected on Wednesday evening but nightfall meant they had to wait until the following morning to continue the chase. Three of the suspected poachers were seen leaving the reserve’s southern boundary. One was caught immediately while two others escaped. The first suspected poacher arrested said the fourth one had left the group overnight to attend a court case in Ingwavuma.


Working throughout the day, the rangers followed the spoor of the two escaped suspected poachers. Having caught up with them they hid and waited near a road in the Ziphosheni area outside Ndumo. The two were picked up by a vehicle and the Ezemvelo team chased them and pulled the car over.


The driver and two suspected poachers were arrested. Inside the vehicle was found the .458 heavy calibre hunting rifle with two rounds inside, along with a silencer.
They soon established the identity and whereabouts of the one suspected poacher who had to attend his court hearing. He was subsequently found and arrested, too.


Ngubane added that these latest four suspected poachers brought the total number of poachers arrested during 2012 to 29.

 

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Agencies join forces against rhino poaching

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Three KwaZulu-Natal conservation agencies have joined forces in the fight against rhino poaching, KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife says.
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Infographic: Rhino Poaching Stats - Oct 2012

Infographic: Rhino Poaching Stats - Oct 2012 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The latest rhino poaching statistics.

A total of 488 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year. The total number of arrests in connection with rhino poaching now stands at 214.

The Kruger National Park has lost 296 rhinos to poaching. The provinces hardest hit by rhino poaching include Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, which collectively account for the loss of 158 rhinos.

 

186 of the arrested individuals are at the level of poacher, 10 are receivers and 18 are couriers.

 

Members of the public are urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005

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Rhino poaching: Ezemvolo calls for reinforcement

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal nature conservation services (Ezemvelo) wants to enlist the help of the defence force to put a stop to rhino poaching in the province, Beeld reported on Monday.

 

Spokesman Musa Mntambo said Ezemvelo was caught off-guard earlier this year by a spike in rhino poaching.

 

By the middle of October 2012, 55 rhino had been poached, compared to 34 in 2011 and 38 in 2010.

 

After the Kruger Park's loss of 272 rhinos for the year, KwaZulu-Natal has the highest poaching figures.

 

An internal Ezemvelo inquiry into the discovery of seven rhino carcasses at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi reserve on September 22, recommended that specialist units be deployed to allow a wider area to be patrolled.

 

Mntambo said Ezemvolo's anti-poaching unit had only 60 members to guard all the reserves in the province, and that around 200 were needed to provide one member per 1000 hectares.

 

A field guide and a member of the anti-poaching unit were fired after the internal inquiry.- Sapa

 

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Police raid home of hunter with links to rhino poaching

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Members of the police’s dog unit raided the luxurious house of controversial professional hunter and game farmer Hugo Ras in Magalieskruin in the early hours of Saturday morning following information received during the week.

 

Police spokesperson Capt Paul Ramaloka yesterday confirmed the raid, but declined to give further details other than that the operation was unrelated to the Hawks’ ongoing investigations into rhino poaching syndicates.

Ras, 37, the former owner of Ras Safaris, was arrested in his plush Magalieskruin house in Pretoria in August last year when several members of the police, the Hawks and SARS took part in a raid.

An illegal firearm and scheduled veterinary drugs were confiscated during the raid.

Ras, who has several previous convictions related to nature conservation transgressions, was subsequently released on R5000 bail.

The police task team found five crates laden with the scheduled veterinary drugs in his house during the raid.

Earlier this year two veterinarians – one of them the world-renowned game veterinarian and former head of the Kruger Park’s game capturing unit, Dr Douw Grobler – were also arrested and charged with Ras of contravening the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

Initially, eight men were arrested between August and November last year. Charges against five were withdrawn in April, sparking outrage from animal rights activists.

The group allegedly supplied a rhino poaching syndicate with tranquillisers. The M99 drug, also called etorphine, was used to dart rhinos to enable the removal of their horns.

While the police didn’t want to elaborate on the latest raid on Ras’s property, The New Age has learnt from reliable sources close to the investigation that the material confiscated during the raid will be sent for forensic tests to ascertain any links to another criminal investigation.

Ras is due back in court in Pretoria North on Monday, November 5.

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Rhino Crisis Round Up: Death Toll Soars to 467 in South Africa & More

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Death Toll Soars to 467 in South Africa & More | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it



The massacre of South Africa's rhinos continues at a horrifying pace, with 467 killed this year as of October 22nd, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Gareth Morgan, Shadow Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, is questioning the decision to withdraw “a dedicated group of police personnel” and a “dedicated helicopter used in anti-poaching operations” from Kruger National Park, where 281 of the 467 rhinos were slaughtered.
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Man Tries to Save Rhinos with Toenail Clippings

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A man who cares about rhinos has begun to mail his toenail clippings to South Africa's Chinese embassy.

 

Feeling that he has exhausted his other options, a South African man who cares about rhinos has begun to mail his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria. Mark Wilby's seemingly bizarre decision is perhaps no stranger than the practice that he hopes to call attention to: the killing of rhinos for their horns, which are thought, without scientific basis, to have medicinal value in certain Asian countries.

 

Rhino horns are composed almost entirely of keratin, a protein also found in human hair, fingernails and toenails. Wilby's thinking goes that any reputed health benefits of rhino horns would be available for free to anyone with a nail-chewing habit, or anyone who happened to possess many parcels of toenails....

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Where is the Rhino Money Going?

ASK ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WITH THE
R 844 148.91 RAISED AND PAID OVER BY RHINO FORCE TO DATE ?????

 

In terms of RHINO FORCE 's sponsorship agreement with the ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST, RHINO FORCE are entitled to know how much of, and to what use, The ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST have applied the sum of R 844 148.91, generated by the sales of R30 RHINO FORCE bracelets.

 

RHINO F ORCE has requested such information from the ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST, but it has not been forthcoming.

 

Furthermore, as an interim measure, RHINO FORCE proposed that further amounts raised from the sale of RHINO FORCE bracelets, be paid into The ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST's own attorney's trust account until they (ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST) have responded on the issue of transparency.

 

The ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST accepted this proposal, but to date have not been forthcoming with any information as to where the money goes.

 

We assure all supporters of the RHINO FORCE initiative that all further profits due from the sale of RHINO FORCE bracelets bearing the ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST logo, will be paid into the ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST's attorneys trust account.

 

The supporters of the RHINO FORCE initiative are entitled to demand transparency from the ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST.

 

Should you require further information, please contact RHINO FORCE, at info@rhinoforce.co.za

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, October 25, 2012 8:09 AM
Personally I would prefer that RHINO FORCE open a separate account for monies collected from the sale of the bracelets. Once this problem has been sorted out then they could transfer the amount over!!!
Wildlife Margrit's comment, October 25, 2012 8:11 AM
Sounds good Lyn, maybe you want to suggest this to them