The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosts its third annual Save the Rhinos event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Great Lawn and Plains of East Africa at 370 Zoo Parkway, a half-mile east of Interstate 95.
Suspected rhino poaching mastermind Joseph Nyalunga, has been denied bail.
The former police officer, and seven co-accused appeared at the Whiteriver Magistrate Court this morning. Nyalunga is facing 16 counts of dealing in rhino horn and money laundering.
The state argued that if given bail, he could temper with evidence and due to the seriousness of the case, he could miss trial. The state says Nyalungu was arrested for allegedly being involved in rhino poaching, while he was still out on bail for a different case.
Nyalunga was arrested in March this year. He was found in possession of four rhino horns and more than R60 000 in cash. On further investigation, police found more than R5 million in one of his three houses and an automated money counter used by banks to count large sums of money.
A total of 262 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of the year. 173 people have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching.
Dave Crawford oversimplifies a complex matter by criticising Allison Thomson’s opposition to rhino horn trade (Revisit rhino argument, June 29). He correctly quotes improved conservation and decreased poaching for Australia’s saltwater crocodiles, via managed trade. Our Nile crocodile and South America’s vicuna are also good comparatives, but, for qualitative rhino research, they are poor examples.
International wildlife crime experts (including Interpol) confirm crocodile and vicuna poaching, like cattle rustling, involves small-time criminal gangs. Conversely, organis ed, multinational syndicates drive rhino crime...
Comment by kilo39....
Has the pro-trade lobby considered that multi-billion dollar crime syndicates dictate what happens in the underworld of drugs, arms, human and wildlife trafficking.
If they intend to build business relationships with these people they will be drawn into something from which the only return is in a body box, and they will put their own family's lives at risk on top of it.
If they try and bypass the syndicates and deal direct with pharmaceutical companies in China/Vietnam for example, they will also find themselves targets for retribution.
The only way to save the rhino is for us all as South Africans to say NO MORE horn will depart from this country.
We must destroy ALL existing stockpiles and ensure that all future horn acquired through natural mortality is also reduced to ash and given back to the soil.
For us to protect our sovereignty, our assets and our pride as a nation, we need to stand together on this call for no trade.
True Africans must stand together now and not let the greed of a largely wealthy advantaged group of businessmen try and dictate the future of an animal that is of more value to ALL the people of this country if it is running wild, free and protected by all of us.
Trade will only benefit these businessmen and their hangers on, and tokens of community welfare will be given to give the impression that tghe country benefits.
No contest really if you consider a wild rhino's power to attract foreign exchange spending tourists in their thousands, coming back year after year.
Rhino horn prices and rhino poaching have exploded in lockstep, and at this trajectory, wild rhinos in Africa may become extinct in the next 5-10 years.
This is the message that needs to circulate. “You are being conned! Who do you think is spreading the cancer cure rumor? It’s the rhino horn dealers! Such a rumor is a slap in the face to TCM, a 3,000 year-old art of healing!” Not all of us may care about endangered animals, but avoiding being seen as a foolish victim of a con is culture-indifferent.
I digress here… talk of legalizing the rhino horn trade has been around. You don’t need to kill a rhino to get its horn, and the horn grows back. A capitalist by nature, I love the idea on the surface. The money can go back into conservation… I get it. Here is the problem though – if a simple false rumor can stimulate demand for a body part of an endangered species, where could this go? Where does it end? Isn’t telling the truth a better option?
Last week, Robert Hormats, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, wrote an insightful article about rhino horn, in which he quotes the current Director of the National Cancer Institute.
Here are a few excerpts from The Tragedy of “Untraditional” Medicine:
“Two of the major drugs used to treat malaria — quinine and artemisinin — originate from traditional Amazonian and Chinese medicine”, explains Under Secretary Hormats.
But he points out that the notion of rhino horn as a supposed cancer treatment is not based on facts.
Durban - Animal rights activists took to the streets of Durban on Tuesday to show their anger at the killing of rhinos for their horns and to show support for initiatives aimed at stopping poaching....
March organiser Moses Mkhabela said there needed to be global awareness if this giant animal was to be saved...
“Although the demand for the horns is from foreigners, it is the local people who assist in the killings,” said Mkhabela.
“Rhinos belong to everyone in Africa, regardless of race, and we should unite in protecting them.”...
South Africa may still mount a “last-minute” bid to overturn the 30-year world ban on rhino-horn trading, despite recent government signals that it has put the controversial proposal on ice.
This emerged last night after rhino conservationist Ian Player urged delegates at the International Wildlife Management Congress in Durban to lend their support to a new system of legalised and controlled international trading of rhino horns as a way to curb the recent alarming spike in rhino poaching in SA.
The Department of Environmental Affairs has called on animal rights activists to join hands iwth the government in its efforts to curb rhino poaching in South Africa, which has lost 262 of the endangered species to illegal killings since the beginning of the year....
This blog post exposes the cruelty of some farmed animals. Is this what could happen to the rhino if they are farmed for their horns?
After Mercy For Animals obtained shocking hidden-camera video footage of his illegal slaughter operation in Los Angeles County, Roberto Celedon has pleaded guilty to felony cruelty to animals and been sentenced to ninety days in jail and five years probation. Celedon was also ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in fines, penalties, and restitution, to complete 48 animal cruelty classes, not to own, possess, maintain or harbor any animals, not to operate a meat-producing facility, not to attend auctions where animals are sold, and not to sell any meat products....
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