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Experts: Rhino Poaching in Africa Reaches Crisis Levels

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April 05, 2012

Experts: Rhino Poaching in Africa Reaches Crisis Levels

By Chad Love

The poaching of African rhinos has reached a crisis level, according to this article in The Washington Post:
 
Wildlife officials say rhino poaching in Africa has reached crisis levels with nearly 1,000 animals killed in the last five years. Wildlife experts from across Africa said in a Tuesday statement they would lobby for harsher penalties and fines for people involved in illegal rhino horn trade. In a meeting in Nairobi, wildlife experts and and private conservation groups also resolved to reach out to the governments of countries where there is demand for the rhino horn and work with them to create stringent laws against the trade. 

China and Vietnam are some of the destination markets for the horn, where they believe the horn has medicinal qualities. Last year 448 rhinos were killed in South Africa which has the highest rhino population in the world. Conservationists say this year poachers have killed 135 rhinos there.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 1 week ago

One solution is already being implemented in some of the national parks - shoot the poachers on sight. The problem is that as long as there is a demand for the parts, people will risk it, to say nothing of the lack of manpower and money these poor countries have been able to allocate to their natural resources.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Rhinos are toast. They are too big and live where there are too many people. Police and wardens are no doubt the poachers.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Show me an endangered animal and I'll show you an Asian idiot who thinks part of that animal will give him a boner. Sad

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 1 week ago

It appeared for awhile South Africa's game farms might help the rhino's plight the White Rhino, from 0 to several thousand, and the Black being carefully bred on the game ranches. Now the poachers rewards versus risks have tilted so heavily in their favor they are willing to poach on fenced land, and deal with private, armed rhino guards. Asian economies have grown so robust they can pay almost anything for animal parts.
I can remember when there were plenty of rhino if you wanted to hunt one. Then the time came to detour your hunt for other game rather then risk confrontation with a rhino, better to shoot the prime minister than a rhino even if your life was threatened. Now these fabulous creatures are gone in the wild.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Show me an endangered animal and I'll show you an Asian idiot who thinks part of that animal will give him a boner. Sad

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 1 week ago

It appeared for awhile South Africa's game farms might help the rhino's plight the White Rhino, from 0 to several thousand, and the Black being carefully bred on the game ranches. Now the poachers rewards versus risks have tilted so heavily in their favor they are willing to poach on fenced land, and deal with private, armed rhino guards. Asian economies have grown so robust they can pay almost anything for animal parts.
I can remember when there were plenty of rhino if you wanted to hunt one. Then the time came to detour your hunt for other game rather then risk confrontation with a rhino, better to shoot the prime minister than a rhino even if your life was threatened. Now these fabulous creatures are gone in the wild.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 1 week ago

One solution is already being implemented in some of the national parks - shoot the poachers on sight. The problem is that as long as there is a demand for the parts, people will risk it, to say nothing of the lack of manpower and money these poor countries have been able to allocate to their natural resources.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Rhinos are toast. They are too big and live where there are too many people. Police and wardens are no doubt the poachers.

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