What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Strategy to Save Rhino Unveiled

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Strategy to Save Rhino Unveiled | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa have announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent's alarming rhino poaching crisis....

Participants at the summit agreed that, to effectively address the crisis, the African conservation community needed to target efforts along four tiers, with specific actionable items that can be addressed within the next six to nine months. These include assisting surveillance and anti poaching units, strengthening law enforcement, using campaigns to curb the demand in rhino horn and reaching out to policy makers. Kipng'etich said the success Kenya has had in sealing air-travel exit points by incorporating the use of sniffer dogs, which will also be integrated at the Eldoret and upcoming Kisumu airports. He said the weak penalties in Kenya's laws were being part of the problem in fighting the crisis.
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No Rhino Powder for Kaza

No Rhino Powder for Kaza | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Reports that the governments of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Angola agreed to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies are "malicious and false," says Dr Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief of government communication....
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End of Rhino Horn trade debate?No CITES till 2019

RHINO WAR NEWS - UPDATE DEA - 'Not ready' to lift ban on horn trade - Strict Hunting Curbs - Vietnamese Hunters Banned - The War in Kruger

RWN COMMENT - QED !! - Minister Molewa confirms no approach to CITES possible before 2019 - should settle the horn/trade debate, and all the focus and energy must now target fighting the poaching war !
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Photos of the Alleged Rhino Killers!

Photos of  the Alleged Rhino Killers! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Disgraced Wildlife Experts Appear For Rhino Slaughter

 

Noted Wildlife Experts in Court. Eight rhino poaching suspects appeared at the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 11, 2012 4:36 AM
Kruger is from my town! I hope they get just what they deserve!
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Thank You for your interest in the African Rhino!

Thank You for your interest in the African Rhino! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

We are at 5,000 views! I'm amazed!

 

The comments and feedback are most welcome. So glad that having one place to capture news about the rhino is helpful to you. [Thank you scoop.it for this tool]

 

And thank YOU, for what you do, to assist in this race to save Africa's rhino.

 

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 11, 2012 4:29 AM
And thank you too for keeing up up to date on our Rhino news x
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And thank you for keeing us updated on our Rhino news.
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In South Africa's Kruger Park, rhino sightings now a secret

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - If you see a rhino in South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, you can tell your friends or even tweet it.But just don't say where you saw it....

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The war in the Kruger National Park

The war in the Kruger National Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The stench of death and rotting meat fills the air as wildlife crime investigators cut, probe and sift through the tattered remains of yet another rhino carcass in the Kruger National Park.

 

They are looking for clues to who shot the latest victim of SA’s escalating rhino wars.

The cause of death is no mystery, of course.

 

It was shot by poachers who hacked off the animal’s horns before hot-footing it back over the border to Mozambique with their bloody prize.

 

This was the 95th rhino to be killed in the opening months of 2012 in SA’s flagship national park. Nationwide at least 159 rhinos have died over the same period, and by December the toll is likely to be well above 600 for the year....

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Cutting off poachers through rhino de-horning

What's your thinking? Is this a viable solution?

 

Every day two rhinoceros are killed for their horrns by poachers in South Africa. The animal's iconic keratin-based horn is thought to have medicinal benefit...

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Aircraft! Latest Weapon to boost effort to curb rhino poaching - IOL.co.za

Aircraft! Latest Weapon to boost effort to curb rhino poaching - IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A small plane and helicopters and GSM transmitter techno- logies meant for cellphones are being used to track and monitor rhinos in KwaZulu-Natal as hundreds of the majestic beasts fall at the hands of poachers.

 

With more than 900 rhinos poached in South Africa since 2010, it is hoped that a concerted effort by 13 conservation organisations will provide the muscle needed to ease the crisis.

 

The latest weapon in the fight against poaching is a Cheetah light aircraft that will help increase surveillance of areas targeted by poachers and criminal syndicates.

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Our appetite for potions killing rhinos - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

Our appetite for potions killing rhinos - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Nairobi - Better surveillance and stiffer penalties must be imposed to combat rhino poaching in Africa, which if left unchecked could see the species become extinct in the wild by 2025, regional conservation officials said on Tuesday.

 

The world's rhino population has declined 90 percent since 1970, conservationists estimate. On the African continent, there are some 20,150 white rhinos that are near threatened and 4,840 black rhinos that are critically endangered....

 

The two-day summit brought together representatives from Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe as well as the United States.

 

The summit called for more advanced communication technology, vehicles and helicopters to help anti-poaching units as poachers resort to more sophisticated methods to kill rhinos....

 

The conference also recommended harsher penalties be imposed on the illegal trade coupled with improved detection by using sniffer dogs at airports.

 

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Minister of Environmental Affairs Speaks: Rhino Crisis, Legalize Horn Trade Debate

Minister of Environmental Affairs Speaks: Rhino Crisis, Legalize Horn Trade Debate | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa's minister of environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, has made a speech about the current problem of rhino poaching being faced in South Africa....

 

There has been a lot of interest on the issue of South Africa approaching CITES COP16 with a proposal to trade in rhino horn internationally. At this point, we are not in a position to pronounce on the matter as the internal preparatory processes are not yet finalized. I can however inform you that the process to prepare for the 16th Conference of Parties has been initiated and interested and affected Parties were invited to register to participate in this process. Registration closed on 30 March 2012 and we will consider the draft proposals received. Proposals must be submitted to COP16 by 04 October 2012....

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Vietnamese rhino-horn obsession threatens world populations; prices reach $55K per kilogram

Vietnamese rhino-horn obsession threatens world populations; prices reach $55K per kilogram | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
HANOI, Vietnam — Nguyen Huong Giang loves to party but loathes hangovers, so she ends her whiskey benders by tossing back shots of rhino horn ground with water on a special ceramic plate.

 

Her father gave her the 4-inch (10-centimeter) brown horn as a gift, claiming it cures everything from headaches to cancer. Vietnam has become so obsessed with the fingernail-like substance it now sells for more than cocaine....

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Protest at rhino poaching case postponed - IOL.co.za

An intended AfriForum protest outside the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court, where eight people were expected to appear in connection with rhino poaching, was postponed on Wednesday.

 

“AfriForum has postponed its protest action against poaching due to the fact that the case against the eight people accused of this crime will not go ahead in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court today,” Julius Kleynhans, the head of the group's environmental affairs, said in a statement.

 

People had approached the organisation to take action against this crime, Kleynhans said.

 

Three vets and five other men were expected to appear in court in connection with the wrongful possession and distribution of scheduled veterinary drugs commonly used in rhino poaching.

 

They face charges of contravening the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

 

The accused are Douw Grobler, formerly head of the Kruger National Park's wildlife capturing and veterinary services unit, state vet Dr Buti John Chibase, and private vet Johannes Gerhardus Kruger.

 

The other five are professional hunter Hugo Ras, and Matthys Christoffel Scheepers, Riaal Booysen, Johan Carl Heydenrych, and Christoffel Francois Naude.

 

All were arrested between August and November last year.

 

Kleynhans said the case had been transferred to the Pretoria North Regional Court and postponed to June.

 

According to AfriForum a total of 443 rhinos were poached in 2011, and 150 had been poached before the end of March.

“AfriForum is going ahead with our anti-rhino poaching campaign as planned,” Kleynhans said. – Sapa
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Rhino Summit in Nairobi develops action plan - eTurboNews.com

Rhino Summit in Nairobi develops action plan - eTurboNews.com | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Nairobi based conservation centre of the African Wildlife Foundation, in short AWF hosted a continental meeting during the week, aimed to discuss strategies on protecting the rhinos, now under assault like never before.
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One rhino killed and seven suspected poachers arrested

One rhino killed and seven suspected poachers arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s wildlife authority said an eight-year-old female rhino has been illegally killed in the world’ s famous Tsavo West National Park and also arrested seven suspected poachers.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its aerial patrol team found the rhino carcass in Ngulia Sanctuary within the expansive park.

KWS said in a statement that further investigation revealed that the three-day old carcass had neither bullet wounds nor any other visible injury.
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A Vet's Pledge to a Dying Rhino

Kariega Game Reserve

UPDATE FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2012 (Posted Saturday 7 April 2012 !2H45)

 

We received the following from Dr Fowlds.

 

"Understandably, monitoring Thandi since the last procedure has been more difficult as they have retreated into the thickets again and remain elusive. The reports and photos from Jason show the presence of extens...ive scabbing and some area of dried mud on her face. We can’t confirm the state of maggots as she has not given us the chance to get in close enough but the amount of flies around her head suggest they are laying eggs in these moist wounds.


Thandi was treated with two products which should be helping her now. The first is an injection which treats parasites from the inside of the body and should last 3-4 weeks while the second is an “F10” product which comes in a thick cream/gel form and contains and insecticide. While I have no doubt that the product works well, we do not know how much she was able to absorb into these oozing wounds and how much residual effect the insecticide will have because of this ie how long will it keep killing flies and maggots?


The IDEXX team in Cape Town were able to send us blood test results within 24 hours following the latest procedure which was a great help. With the aid of Prof Fred Reyers we have also been able to do some comparative analysis of her blood tests between the 10th March and the 4th of April samples. The overall interpretation of so many indicators is very complicated and that’s why it has been so important to have an expert helping with these aspects. In very simple terms the levels of active muscle damage have dropped from a reading of 1212 (normal range 60-1074) to 140, which is very good. The one liver damage indicator which was on 49 (normal range 0-31) has come down to 32.


Another indicator of general tissue damage, LDH, has shown a marked improvement from 4484 (200-1176) down to 1563. You may recall that Themba’s reading was 22 500 on the 10th of March. However, what the serum protein electrophoresis results show are that the protein studies warn us that her body is still responding to areas of infection and sepsis. What Themba has shown us is that these areas are not limited to her facial injuries, which we are able to visualise, and for this reason we cannot afford to drop our guard. We must remain vigilant for any signs of change. In spite of her amazing progress, this brave girl is still dealing with a lot and she needs our continuing support.


The final results from Themba’s post mortem have shown that the damage to his muscles also extended to his heart muscle and in the end the complications of this ie heart failure as well as a pneumonia, towards the end, are what became too much for him to cope with. In retrospect, after a microscopic study of his tissues and organs, we now know that his internal injuries were too much for him to deal with. His fight has shown us a determination to live which goes beyond our previous understanding of rhino. This courage is even more admirable now that we know the full extent of his injuries. To my knowledge, what we have learned from Themba is unprecedented and his legacy, if applied to others, will propel the levels of care and accuracy of prognosis into another higher level.


Ultimately though, we all strive to not have to deal with victims of poaching at all. We all fight and dream for the day when there is no man induced suffering of this nature and we are all determined to ensure that the heartache and tragedy of Themba leads to a decrease in suffering for all rhino. As a witness to this horrific ordeal, a man’s heart cannot ever be the same again. The suffering of an animal is etched into my heart in a way that I am not able to process at the moment, and I know that many others feel the same way too both at Kariega and around our traumatised country. However, we have also been witness to the most remarkable human response that I have ever been a part of and so since global awareness is such an important foundation in our war to save the rhino, the story of awareness is equally as important to report on.


To give you an idea of what just one awareness platform, Facebook, has done in the war to win hearts and minds, I offer you these stats from Des Lubbe at Tweeters. In the months preceding the 1st of March poaching, Kariega’s Facebook’s weekly reach showed an average around 2000. In less than 3 weeks this figure had grown to 45 000 and tonight Des reports that this reach, on just Facebook alone, is up to 83 000. When this figure went through the 50 000 mark, the potential reach (ie friends of fans) was over one million (1 055 631) so we could probably extrapolate this current potential to easily more than 1.5 million friends.


Just ten days ago (day 26) I wrote these words when the weekly reach hit 45 000: “The story of three precious rhino who enjoyed life side by side in the green grass of paradise. Three of God’s creation who’s bond with one another allowed poachers to butcher them one after the other. Three magnificent rhino with three very different stories. Who among us, will give up just a fraction of our day to expose their story to the world. Even one more minute to post/forward/share or comment in honour of what they have gone through. These three victims have given us new ammunition to use in fighting this war. Our hearts and minds have been impacted by the reality of their suffering. In a war fought on many fronts, YOU have the ability to make an impact in the battle to win over the hearts and minds of inconsiderate man. You may not be making the bullets but you certainly have the ability to fire the guns.”
Thank you for all those who have given up a fraction of your day, or more, to add momentum to this awareness drive which is exposing the true reality of rhino suffering during this crisis. The world is starting to take notice and demand more information and if we are ever going to see the end of poaching, we have to educate as the basis for all other measures.


In addition to this, the story of Themba and Thandi echoes through many other media channels. Yesterday their story reached many in the UK through ITV news and was shown in the USA via NBC. I know it has also been aired in France and a German company will be filming soon. Countless national news papers have covered their story and other individuals are busy hard at work editing their story for an even bigger push.
I would not be able to share all the accounts I have received of what good people are doing as a result of the inspiration that this story has given them. This is truly remarkable. This is truly motivational and it inspires us to push even harder, and to do even more.


I made a promise to a dying rhino once, his name was Geza, that I would not allow his death to be in vain. I also made a promise to a dead rhino, his name was Themba, that I would make every single day, all 24 days of suffering, count. That I would do everything in my ability to turn suffering into a pain-free future for other rhino. I don’t have a hope of keeping to my word unless I am part of an army of people who feel the same way and are willing to do something about it. This we have seen through the social media stats and we have experienced in the spontaneous response to the “Thandi Rhino” injection fund which is just two days old.


Thank you all for your overwhelming response for rhino to this point. The statistics show us that it is not enough as we count more than 160 dead this year. But what we have achieved gives us a hope which is being fuelled by those around us. The tidal wave continues to build. Sadly the war is far from over, but this Easter weekend, we are able to celebrate in more ways than one, that even in death, and the worst suffering that man can inflict, there is the hope of life. And this hope draws us forward to a better place."

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South Africa: Five Vietnamese 'Trophy Hunters' Denied Permits

South Africa: Five Vietnamese 'Trophy Hunters' Denied Permits | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Ingogo Safaris' application for hunting permits for five Vietnamese citizens was denied after certain conditions concerning the "hunters" were not met.
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VIDEO: Hunted for horns worth more than gold, South Africa's rhinos face worst year on record

VIDEO: Hunted for horns worth more than gold, South Africa's rhinos face worst year on record | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
More than one rhino is being killed in South Africa by poachers each day -- with 2012 on target to be the worst year on record.
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160 Rhino Death Toll - via OSCAP

160 Rhino Death Toll - via OSCAP | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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Date: April 4th, 2012

 

(160) 04 April 2012: 1 Rhino Malelane area (159) 04 April 2012: UPDATE (150) 29 March 2012: DEA STATS UPDATE (138) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino shot dead near Phalaborwa in KNP (137) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Themba died 23 days after being poached at Kariega (136) 20 March 2012: 1 Rhino Gravelote area, Limpopo (135) 19 March 2012; DEA STATS UPDATE (121) 15 March 2012: 1 Rhino, Nietverdien, NW - shot and dehorned. (120) 13 March 2012: 1 Rhino Waneen, Kzn (119) 12 March 2012: 3 Rhino - near Hluhluwe in KZN (+1 calf injured) (116) 11 March 2012: 7 rhino Southern Region of KNP (109)10 March 2012: 1 Rhino Crocodile River area, KNP (108)08 March 2012 : 8 rhino's: 3 Malelane, 3 Biyamiti and 2 at Tshokwane (100)06 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Pilansberg NP- shot approx 5 days ago & not dehorned (99) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Ohrigstad (pregnant cow) (98) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino (Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP) (97) 06 March 2012 : 2 Rhino Crocodile River Bridge area (95) 05 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino - 3 day old carcass Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilansberg (94) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino(pregnant cow) Origstad - shot horns not removed (93) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino carcass found in Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP (92) 02 March 2012 : 3 rhino's KNP N'Wanetsi area (89) 02 March 2012 : 2 white rhino carcasses found 1 week old Vryburg North West (87) 01 March 2012 : 2 rhino's Malalane at John Hume's game reserve (85) 01 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Waneen, Kzn (84) 29 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Kariega, (2 dehorned but still alive) (83) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found Mopani area near Letaba KNP (81) 28 FEbruary 2012 : 3 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP (78) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP (76) 25 February 2012 : 1 Rhino carcas found near Crocodile Bridge area, KNP (75) 23 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino, Assen, NW (74) 22 February 2012 : 5 Rhino carcasses - KNP (some of the carcasses are at least 1 month) (69) 20 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, KZN (68) 19 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Mpofini lodge Vryheid (66) 17 February 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP - awaiting confirmation of location (65) 17 Feburary 2012 : 1 White Rhino Borakolalo Game Reserve (had to be put down) (64) 15 February 2012 : 1 White rhino (1 month old carcass), Pilanesberg,NP (63) 15 February 2012 : 2 carcass found Manyeleti, KNP (61) 14 February 2012 : 8 carcasses found KNP (53) 13 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Chicks Game Lodge Hluhluwe (51) 12 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe White Rhino Bull both horns taken (50) 10 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe white bull (49) 09 February 2012 : 3 Letsitele, Limpopo - Pregnant mother and calf(unborn baby added below (47) 08 Februrary 2012: 1 Ndumo (46) 08 February 2012 : 2 iMfolozi (44) 07 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino Bull - Hoedspruit - private reserve (43) 06 February 2012 : 1 Rhino bull Thabazimbi-Rooiberg area (42) 06 February 2012 : 1 Carcass found KNP (poached Sat probably) - North of Letaba (41) 06 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe - Black Rhino (40) 26 January 2012 : 2 Limpopo Province - Waterberg area (38) 26 January 2012 : 2 North West Province (to be confirmed) (36) 19 January 2012 : 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown (35) 16 January 2912 : 3 White Rhino Rooiberg area (32) 16 January 2012 : 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous - Farm Bergsig (31) 15 January 2012 : 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass (29) 13 January 2012 : 4 KNP - Pretoriuskop area (25) 11 January 2012 : 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg (20) 11 January 2012 : 3 Rhino - KNP (17) 09 January 2012 : 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi (14) 09/10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge + 1 other area to be confirmed) (5) 04 January 2012 : 4 KNP Satara area (1) 04 January 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo

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It's Official: Gabon to Burn Entire Ivory Stockpile in Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

It's Official: Gabon to Burn Entire Ivory Stockpile in Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Announcement Made During Major International Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Conference in Gabon...

 

As a symbol of its commitment to tackling illegal wildlife trade, Gabon will burn its entire ivory stockpile in the coming months, at a date to be announced shortly. The move is an acknowledgment by the country that ivory from illegal sources has no recognized commercial value, and could leak onto the black market if not destroyed, said World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC, which are supporting Gabon’s efforts to tackle illegal wildlife trade....

 

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Is the rhino horn stockpile in South Africa next?

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Voice Your Opinion: Who is driving the re-opening of the trade in rhino horn

Voice Your Opinion: Who is driving the re-opening of the trade in rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Who are they; the individuals and organisations that believe the re-opening of the trade in rhino horn is the only way in which the species can be saved from extinction?

 

And why do they believe that promoting and growing the demand will save rhinos from poaching?

 

Have their patience run out to convince the international conservation communities and governments to open the trade in rhino horn?

 

Is the current poaching crisis exactly what they needed to force the hand of those opposed to rhino horn trade in the public arena?

 

You decide.

 

WildlifeMargrit: A place to voice your opinion. (I made a comment but didn't see it show up yet?)

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SA not ready to lift rhino horn trade ban - IOL.co.za

SA not ready to lift rhino horn trade ban - IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa made it clear yesterday that it was not ready to bid to overturn the 30-year worldwide ban on rhino horn trading.

 

The controversial idea of lifting the trading ban has been backed by private rhino owners and some conservationists as a bold and revolutionary approach to shutting down the thriving black market, thereby reducing the number of rhinos poached in SA.

 

Proponents of the move include Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and renowned rhino conservation figure Ian Player, but opponents fear that trading rhino horns will make it even harder to protect the species.

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South Africa Bars Vietnamese Rhino Hunters

South Africa Bars Vietnamese Rhino Hunters | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa has barred Vietnamese
nationals who have applied to hunt rhinos in the country because it hasn’t been assured that they won’t illegally sell the animals’ horns, which are worth more than their weight in gold.

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Update: No Bail for KwaZulu-Natal Rhino Horn Syndicate Suspects

Update: No Bail for KwaZulu-Natal Rhino Horn Syndicate Suspects | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
For the first time in almost six years, two South African 'game-industry white guys' suspected of leading a rhino horn syndicate have been denied bail.
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I just have one word - YES!
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159 Rhino poached in South Africa this year - Times LIVE

159 Rhino poached in South Africa this year - Times LIVE | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The number of rhinos poached in South Africa this year stands at the "alarming figure" of 159, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Wednesday.

 

"The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of these losses, with the rhinos poached in the park having reached a staggering total of 95," she said.

 

"This is no longer an environmental management problem only, but it has become a matter in which we have involved all law enforcement agencies."

She said 90 people had been arrested for poaching this year.

 

"The continued arrests of rhino poaching suspects reflects the co-ordinated enforcement efforts across government, aimed at addressing the scourge of rhino poaching."...

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