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October 13, 2011

South Africa To Ban All Rhino Hunts If Poaching Doesn't Stop

By Chad Love

The legal hunting of rhinos in South Africa may become a thing of the past very soon due to a dramatic increase in poaching incidents.

From this AP story:

South Africa could ban rhino trophy hunting if other efforts to curb poaching fail, the environment minister said Wednesday. "The minister of water and environmental affairs reserves the right to institute a moratorium if there is a clear abuse or absolute collapse in any of the provincial permitting systems," Minister Edna Molewa said in a statement.

At the moment "all rhino hunts must take place under the supervision of a conservation official or an environmental management inspector," according to the statement. Rhino poaching has increased drastically in South Africa in the last years, on demand from the Asian black market to use the horns in traditional medicines to treat anything from fevers to cancer.

South Africa lost 333 rhinos to poaching last year and has lost 324 so far this year, up from 13 in 2007. Black rhinoceros are threatened with extinction, but white rhinos -- which number 17,000 in South Africa -- can be hunted legally at only 50 rands ($6, 5 euros) a permit.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Wow.

Here's a link to a great story about how they handle the rhino poachers in the tiger preserve in India:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Number-One-With-a-...

Hint: they shoot em.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Wow.

Here's a link to a great story about how they handle the rhino poachers in the tiger preserve in India:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Number-One-With-a-...

Hint: they shoot em.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Maybe for 10 rands, they'll let us hunt the poachers. I understand that may seem harsh, but I don't think any types of educational campaigns to expain why poaching is bad and conservation is paramount will deter them. Disgusting.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Sorry. I meant 100 rands. Stupid public school education system.... Math hard. Make Gierhedd75 angry....garr!!!!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I think having their agents shoot poachers seems a bit harsh...but then, we used to hang cattle rustlers and horse thieves. Might depend on how serious they are in preventing the extinction of the species.

Certainly, if the permit system is being abused, and that is assisting the poachers, then a moratorium makes sense. If the poaching has nothing to do with the permit system, then the only reason a moratorium makes sense is if they're trying to do everything they can to stop animals from being killed, even legally.

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

The problem I see in this, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong...but in Africa too they have task forces to hunt down poachers. But these are funded in part by the profits from foreign big game hunters. Take away legal permits and away goes the funding, or at least a large chunk of it. Granted, I don't really know the percentage of African conservation funding really comes from hunters, but if that Safari group is even remotely correct, its a sizable slice of the pie.

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

And as far as shooting poachers, I'm all for it. This is not cattle rustling. This should disgust just about anybody. That a huge, threatened animal like that is killed and 0.001% is harvested to make black magic remedies...tragic.

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Chad,
Best check your data. Your reporting would lead one to believe anyone may hunt a South African rhino for six bucks. This is not the case, indeed the few hunts available are on private land from private herds for big money in the 10s of thousands of dollars. If the government gets 6 dollars of each of these transactions that is a different issue.

Sadly, the rhinos in public parks like Kruger are subject to the same poaching pressure as on private preserves despite huge expensive efforts to prevent these deaths. I know of one private herd on a vast ranch where each animal or group are under guard, they still have poaching pressure

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

My using of the words rhino herd is of poor choice. Something like group would be more appropriate. Many rhino are quite solitary. Black and White are vastly different in temperament, appearance, behavior, diet, and habitat.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Still, it would be nifty to have a poacher mounted on my wall. Talk about a conversation starter. And we could put one of those little gizmos in there like on that singing bass..........

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

If I had employed those methods while I was working maybe I wouldn't have had as much poaching.

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from shane wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Shooting the poachers there isn't as crazy as it sounds. The guys poaching rhinos aren't exactly equivalent to our Bubba with a spotlight and a bolt action .223.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Makes perfect sense...penalize the law-abiding hunters for the illegal's misdeeds.

Sounds oddly familiar.

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from Bioboy wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Sounds like South Africa needs to take conservation seriously and do what the US did with the national parks back when they had poaching- send in the army. Cutting the permits sucks but it is a good call on the ministers' part if the species is already being hammered by poachers. It would just be good to see them accompany that with more forceful resolution to the poaching problem.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Wow.

Here's a link to a great story about how they handle the rhino poachers in the tiger preserve in India:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Number-One-With-a-...

Hint: they shoot em.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Maybe for 10 rands, they'll let us hunt the poachers. I understand that may seem harsh, but I don't think any types of educational campaigns to expain why poaching is bad and conservation is paramount will deter them. Disgusting.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Chad,
Best check your data. Your reporting would lead one to believe anyone may hunt a South African rhino for six bucks. This is not the case, indeed the few hunts available are on private land from private herds for big money in the 10s of thousands of dollars. If the government gets 6 dollars of each of these transactions that is a different issue.

Sadly, the rhinos in public parks like Kruger are subject to the same poaching pressure as on private preserves despite huge expensive efforts to prevent these deaths. I know of one private herd on a vast ranch where each animal or group are under guard, they still have poaching pressure

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

My using of the words rhino herd is of poor choice. Something like group would be more appropriate. Many rhino are quite solitary. Black and White are vastly different in temperament, appearance, behavior, diet, and habitat.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from hal herring wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Wow.

Here's a link to a great story about how they handle the rhino poachers in the tiger preserve in India:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Number-One-With-a-...

Hint: they shoot em.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Sorry. I meant 100 rands. Stupid public school education system.... Math hard. Make Gierhedd75 angry....garr!!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I think having their agents shoot poachers seems a bit harsh...but then, we used to hang cattle rustlers and horse thieves. Might depend on how serious they are in preventing the extinction of the species.

Certainly, if the permit system is being abused, and that is assisting the poachers, then a moratorium makes sense. If the poaching has nothing to do with the permit system, then the only reason a moratorium makes sense is if they're trying to do everything they can to stop animals from being killed, even legally.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

The problem I see in this, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong...but in Africa too they have task forces to hunt down poachers. But these are funded in part by the profits from foreign big game hunters. Take away legal permits and away goes the funding, or at least a large chunk of it. Granted, I don't really know the percentage of African conservation funding really comes from hunters, but if that Safari group is even remotely correct, its a sizable slice of the pie.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

And as far as shooting poachers, I'm all for it. This is not cattle rustling. This should disgust just about anybody. That a huge, threatened animal like that is killed and 0.001% is harvested to make black magic remedies...tragic.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Still, it would be nifty to have a poacher mounted on my wall. Talk about a conversation starter. And we could put one of those little gizmos in there like on that singing bass..........

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bioboy wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Sounds like South Africa needs to take conservation seriously and do what the US did with the national parks back when they had poaching- send in the army. Cutting the permits sucks but it is a good call on the ministers' part if the species is already being hammered by poachers. It would just be good to see them accompany that with more forceful resolution to the poaching problem.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

If I had employed those methods while I was working maybe I wouldn't have had as much poaching.

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from shane wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Shooting the poachers there isn't as crazy as it sounds. The guys poaching rhinos aren't exactly equivalent to our Bubba with a spotlight and a bolt action .223.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Oryx wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Makes perfect sense...penalize the law-abiding hunters for the illegal's misdeeds.

Sounds oddly familiar.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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