What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Not just for the Taliban anymore: drones are now tracking rhino poachers

Not just for the Taliban anymore: drones are now tracking rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Deep in the heart of Assam, a remote northeastern province of India, a group of 150 guards watch for poachers in Kaziranga National Park, home to three-quarters of the world’s one-horned rhinoceroses.
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Drones like the Air Ranger, designed specifically for the African bush, are very possibly the way to Stop the Rhino Poachers

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The Smuggle Route For South African Rhino Horn

The Smuggle Route For South African Rhino Horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The killing of the world's endangered rhinoceros has increased at a rate of 50% in only 5 years. It takes only 48 hours for smuggling syndicates to get rhino horn from the time of the kill, out of South Africa and into Asian markets.
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Conservationists Unite To Unleash Public Tool to Stop Poaching

Conservationists Unite To Unleash Public Tool to Stop Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A critical issue is the growing gap between the sophistication of those involved in the illegal capture and trade in wildlife, and the number, skill levels, and motivation of the personnel committed to enforcing anti-poaching laws.
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A South African Student’s Plea to Save Her Country’s Rhino

A South African Student’s Plea to Save Her Country’s Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Kirsten Everett, begs her country folk and the world help save the Rhinos from extinction due to poaching.

 

“I want to help save rhino. What can I do?” Questions like this arrive at NIKELA quite frequently. This last week we responded to Kirsten, a high school student in South Africa, and invited her to write for us....

 

http://www.nikela.org/blog/a-south-african-students-plea-to-save-her-countrys-rhino ;

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Thanks Kirsten for getting involved.. sure appreciate you.

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Rhino poaching still rampant

Rhino poaching still rampant | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino poaching continues unabated with the latest official figures showing South Africa is losing just over two of these animals a day. As has become the norm, the Kruger National Park where a more..
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Hate to see the numbers if folks weren't fighting hard on the ground to stop poachers!

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WWF statement on rhinos at CITES

WWF statement on rhinos at CITES | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Carlos Drews, head of WWF’s delegation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) issued the following statement today in response to decisions from world governments to offer better protection for rhinos:

“Governments today made a clear choice at CITES to offer more protection to rhinos by agreeing on timelines that will help two of the worst offenders in the rhino horn trade, Viet Nam and Mozambique, clean up their act.  

"This is a big step forward for the protection of rhinos, a prehistoric animal that are being butchered for their horns at alarming rates to feed demand primarily in Viet Nam.

"A record 668 South African rhinos were killed by poachers last year, and close to 150 have died so far in 2013 - we're already moving at a pace that could see even more rhinos killed for their horns than last year. 

“The challenge now is to ensure that Viet Nam and Mozambique make progress on their CITES commitments within the agreed time frame to avoid trade sanctions in the summer of 2014.”

Viet Nam is the main destination for rhino horn and is now required to implement a strategy to reduce demand in the country and ensure horn traffickers are prosecuted and strongly punished.  

Today’s success also means that Mozambique, a major transit country for rhino horn, must strengthen legislation and enforcement to reduce trade flows exiting the African continent. It is currently only a misdemeanour to smuggle rhino horns through Mozambique. The country shares a border with South Africa’s Kruger National Park, home to most of the world’s rhinos and also the epicentre of illegal killing.  

Rhino poaching has hit record highs and is currently exacerbated by increasingly sophisticated criminal networks. There is also a marked increase in consumption in Vietnam, fuelled by claims that rhino horn cures cancer and hangovers.

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A decision for the Rhino... now the action must follow

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Why should we save the rhino?

“You can always build another Taj Mahal,” artist and conservationist David Shepherd once said, “But you can never build another rhino.” Faced with the last chance to save the rhino at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in...
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Is Cites missing the big picture?

There can be no sadder task for an animal lover than to formally declare a once-loved species extinct.
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Gala for Rhino with Freshly Ground

Gala for Rhino with Freshly Ground | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Last night on Animal Planet - Battleground: Rhino Wars

Last night on Animal Planet - Battleground: Rhino Wars | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Animal Planet TV shows take you into the wonderful world of animals and the humans who affect them. Check out the latest TV shows from Animal Planet.
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Suspected poachers in court - illegal trophy hunt

On 28 February, the Louis Trichardt Magistrate's Court postponed the case against four men, who were arrested in connection with an alleged planned rhino hunt at a farm in the Waterpoort area.

 

Mushimi Musiamo (29), Albert Mawela (34), Richard Misili (40) and Edmond Ramukgopa (37) appeared in court and their case was postponed to 5 April, pending further investigations.

 

The four men were arrested on 13 January during a joint operation by members of the Crime Intelligence, Organised Crime and Tactical Response Unit. The police's provincial spokesperson, Lt Col Ronél Otto, has since said that the police had acted on a tip-off when they arrested the suspects.

 

All four men are out on R5 000 bail. According to the court's bail conditions, they are required to report to the nearest police station between 07:00 and 19:00 on Fridays. Furthermore, they cannot leave the province without the approval of the investigating officer.

 

Mr Desmond Mphaphuli appeared on behalf of the four men.

 

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Artists join drive to save rhino

Artists join drive to save rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

SOUTH AFRICA prides itself on its great wild animals. Among the Big Five is the magnificent rhino, which in recent years has been driven to near extinction with poaching reaching an epidemic scale.

 

As a country with such a rich culture and heritage, each and every one of us should stand up against rhino poaching and protect our beloved creatures.

To celebrate the work of highly talented crafters and our natural heritage, King Shaka International Airport yesterday unveiled Nkanyezi (“Shining Star”) at News Café.

 

It is the second in a series of decorated public art rhinos commissioned by eThekwini Community Foundation....

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Leo DiCaprio launches campaign to save rhinos, elephants

Leo DiCaprio launches campaign to save rhinos, elephants | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
After announcing his break from acting, Leonardo DiCaprio has taken on another high profile role. Today he helped launch the World Wildlife Fund’s new animal rights campaign, the "Hands Off My Parts"
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South African minister backs legalisation of rhino horn trade

South African minister backs legalisation of rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Edna Molewa says proposal could be solution to poaching, which has recently led to record numbers being killed
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New Report Focuses on Making Farm Animal Welfare a Corporate Responsibility

New Report Focuses on Making Farm Animal Welfare a Corporate Responsibility | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

March 21, 2013 - Nation of Change

As traces of horsemeat were found in beef products, bacteria was linked to hard-boiled eggs and salmonella caused a chicken recall, farm animal welfare is becoming an increasing priority of consumers...

The headline findings from the Benchmark showed that while 70 percent of the analyzed companies recognized the management of farm animal welfare as a business issue, it’s receiving far less attention on “corporate responsibility agenda(s).”... http://www.nationofchange.org/new-report-focuses-making-farm-animal-welfare-corporate-responsibility-1363874570

 

 

A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS:
IMAGES FROM GOOGLE SEARCH:  "FACTORY FARMING" http://ow.ly/jiypc

 

SHINING A LIGHT ON INDUSTRIAL ANIMAL AND FISH FARMS ANTIBIOTIC USE March 18, 2013 Pew Health Initiatives (Big Money for Corporate Industrial Farms, Pharmaceutical and Health Industries)

+++++NEARLY 30 MILLION POUNDS OF ANTIBIOTICS WERE SOLD FOR USE IN FOOD ANIMALS AND FISH IN 2011 -  http://www.pewhealth.org/reports-analysis/issue-briefs/washington-food-leaders-urge-sen-murray-to-shine-a-light-on-industrial-farms-antibiotic-use-85899461346

 

CORPORATE LOBBYING : ANTI-WHISTLE-BLOWER AG-GAG BILLS AIMED AT KEEPING YOU IN THE DARK ABOUT PIGS, FACTORY FARMS -- AND YOUR FOOD  http://sco.lt/7aFBUv

 

THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN HORSE MEAT - A BRUTAL AND SECRETIVE TRADE - INVESTIGATION http://sco.lt/6HQAC1

 

CAUSING ANIMALS WE EAT TO SUFFER COARSENS US AND MAKES US LESS COMPASSIONATE  http://sco.lt/5nMAuP

 

THE ETHICS OF BIG FOOD  http://sco.lt/4jrkoL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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And they want to farm rhino for their horn....

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, March 22, 2013 11:39 PM
sickening!
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Limerick man wanted in UK on rhino horn robbery charge surrenders to extradition

Limerick man wanted in UK on rhino horn robbery charge surrenders to extradition Irish Independent Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. Ruaidhri Giblin – 21 March 2013.
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€500 fine for €500,000 Rhino horn dealers

€500 fine for €500,000 Rhino horn dealers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
TWO Limerick brothers have been fined €500 each after they were caught illegally attempting to import rhino horns worth almost €500,000 through Shannon Airport three years ago. Jeremiah O’Brien and...
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Something is terribly wrong here! Look at the smirk on their faces!

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Gloria Sapp's comment, March 19, 2013 1:41 PM
grrrrr no wonder no one can stop this.Give them a slap on the hand an off they go to continue
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grrrrrr no wonder no one can stop the killing

 

Sue Woolley's comment, March 21, 2013 7:18 PM
bAStards
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Suspected rhino poachers caught - KwaZulu-Natal

Suspected rhino poachers caught - KwaZulu-Natal | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Two KwaZulu-Natal men were arrested in a roadblock between Vryheid and Utrecht with still-bloody rhino horns – less than 24 hours after rangers discovered the corpses of two white rhino in Ezemvelo National Park.

 

One of the two, 44-year-old Muntungowakhe Khoza, of Ulundi, is facing rhino poaching charges stemming from a 2009 case and was out on bail.

He was apprehended early on Friday in the company of 26-year-old Thulani Mbatha.

 

Investigators are hoping to link the arrest of Khoza and Mbatha to the slaughter of the two rhino via DNA evidence.

 

Reacting to the incident, South African conservationist and retired lawyer Chris Mercer slammed delays in the administration of justice, calling the courts “dysfunctional and an unholy recipe for disaster” in dealing with poaching that had escalated to crisis levels.

 

“In terms of rhino poaching and wildlife crimes, the justice system in South Africa needs to be brought under a microscope,” said Mercer....

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, March 18, 2013 9:34 AM
Thanks for continuing the fight Chris!
Sue Woolley's comment, April 2, 2013 3:29 PM
cheers chris we need to help them
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Vietnam and Mozambique are urged to do more to stop illegal rhino trade

Vietnam and Mozambique are urged to do more to stop illegal rhino trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Conservation convention suggests steps the two nations could take to help save the endangered animals.
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Nine arrested for rhino poaching

Nine men have been arrested on charges of rhino poaching at a game farm in Limpopo, after burning a field to lure the animals to a specific spot.
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Poachers have new targets the rangers

Ruthless and heavily armed "criminal syndicates" running the global wildlife trade, are now turning their guns on the rangers who protect endangered species.
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Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge

Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa’s white rhino population will begin to decline by 2016 if the current rate of poaching continues, authorities warned on Friday, following the killing of scores of the creatures this year.

 

The stark warning was issued by the country’s Environment Minister Edna Molewa on the sidelines of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok.

 

“We think we will start to have problems around the year 2016,” she said, adding 146 rhinos have been killed illegally since the start of the year with 50 suspected poachers arrested over the same period....

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3 Policemen surrender to face rhino-horn smuggling charge

hree policemen yesterday turned themselves in to face charges of trying to smuggle in rhinoceros horn worth about Bt12.7 million.

They are police sergeants Jakkraphan Parnprasert and Petcharit Panthaisong, and Pol Sgt-Major Samai Ratjangwang. All of them worked at Suvarnabhumi Airport. 

The three men tried to stop customs officials searching their bags as they exited the airport on January 6. The search revealed that one of the bags contained rhinoceros horn worth about Bt12.7 million. A further investigation revealed that the bag belonged to Pham Quang Log, a 45-year-old Vietnamese national who had just flown in from Mozambique. 

He was arrested on January 6 and remains in detention. 

Police have also issued an arrest warrant for Loy Jantawongsa, a Laotian who fled the scene after failing to talk officials out of arresting Pham on January 6. 

Jakraphan yesterday denied that he and his two co-accused were involved in the smuggling business, but said he would only elaborate once the case got to court.

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TONIGHT: ‘Battleground: Rhino Wars’ on Animal Planet

TONIGHT: ‘Battleground: Rhino Wars’ on Animal Planet | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“Battleground: Rhino Wars,” Thursday night on Animal Planet, is a reality show about the fight against poachers in South Africa.
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