Rhino Day

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  1. Ross

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    Guys I know there is not to much us on the street can do, but on the 22nd, rememebr it is WWF Rhino Day. This is the most magnificent creature and it would be a tradergy that my grand kids would only see them in books.


    Forget the pochers, find the prat that is buying the horns and shut him down.


    The rate at which rhino are being poached in South Africa is heading for a point where the number killed will exceed the number born, The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) African rhino programme manager Joseph Okori warned on Monday.


    There are about 19 000 white rhino and 1 470 black rhino in reserves and national parks around South Africa. Rhino Day has been created in an effort to highlight the dramatic increase in rhino poaching in South Africa since 2008.


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  3. Tobes

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    Actually Ross there is - these people fighting to protect the rhino need funds, equipment like radios, supplies, etc. Just to create awareness amongst people will help already.

    I donated a couple of bob to the Jacaranda Rhino fund - Stop Rhino poaching. You can look on Jacaranda 94.2FM, here is the link Rhino Files - Life's Greatest Hits - Jacaranda 94.2

    Common guys, give something, even if it's R50 bucks and let's help save one of the BIG 5. It would be very sad to tell our grand kids one day that long time ago we had a BIG 5, now there is only a BIG 4 - not the same ring to it hey...


    PS - You can still SMS the word “RHINO” to 38580 to make a R10 donation towards Jacaranda 94.2’s rhino conservation project!
     
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    F*#ck the Rhino, save the White Ou :whistling:
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    Ok, this was just a joke, seriously, something needs to be done about the slaughtering
     
  5. MistaOrange

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: you can say that again!!!!
    But hey that's a great day :thumbup::support:
     
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    Thanks for the info, shall certainly do!
     
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    Did my bit
     
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    Btw, they caught a local Richards Bay Businessman wrt being the head of a syndicate who kills Rhino's for their horns. That was in last weeks Local Newspaper. This weeks newspaper headlines...... wait for it.........: Legalize Rhino Horn trade.... I mean wtf!!!!
     
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    Local linked to rhino poaching


    STORY: Dave Savides

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    Poaching suspect, Leon van der Merwe

    An Empangeni businessman has been named as one of 11 suspects in a national rhino poaching syndicate. Leon van der Merwe was granted bail of R20 000 when the suspects appeared in the Musino Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday - ironically, the day designated ‘International Rhino Day’ by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Former business colleagues expressed shock at Van der Merwe’s arrest. He was a regular hunter, participated in the local squash league and was a one-time member of the Empangeni Rugby Club. Bail was set at R1-million for game ranch owner and alleged ringleader, ex-policeman Dawie Groenewald, whose wife Sariette was released on R100 000 bail. It is believed Groenewald and Van der Merwe were old school friends.Veterinarian, Karel Toet (R50 000), his wife Mariza, Manie du Plessis - also a vet, Tielman Roos Erasmus, Dewald Gouws, Nardus Rossouw and Jacobus Martinus Pronk (all R20 000 bail each) and Paul Matomela (R5 000) also appeared
     
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    And this is the latest article:

    Renewed calls to legalise horn trade


    STORY: Dave Savides


    As the toll mounts of rhinos butchered for their horns, renewed calls are being made to provide a legal trade mechanism that could satisfy demand for the horn. While scientists and conservationists are aware that this would be a controversial step, it’s either that or see the animals doomed to extinction.

    ‘The demand will not go away - and the choice is either to legalise the trade or see the rhino disappear off the planet,’ said an international conservationist. One source placed the value of rhino horn at twice that of platinum and nearly three times that of gold. Present emphasis, borne out at the Rhino Summit in Pretoria last week, is to increase anti-poaching measures and focus on heavy punitive measures as deterrents.

    Many believe this does not address the basic issues: rhino horn will always be in demand, and the horn can be cultivated as a renewable resource. ‘We either legalise the trade or see rhino poachers steadily kill the present estimated 16 000 White Rhino and 1 400 Black Rhino in South Africa,’ said the authority.

    The plan would be to use a certain number of designated White Rhino for ‘farming’. Each animal could produce an average R300 000 per year of harvested horns. This could then be placed on the market at below the cost of illegal horn. The scheme would necessitate setting up an authorised body to govern the legal harvesting and sale of the horn.

    Previous suggestions that the trade be legalised were dismissed on the grounds that poaching would still continue. However, if the horns of all other ‘not for legal sale’ rhino were injected with poison, poachers would be stymied as buyers would back down.

    Poisoning experiments have been done and unconfirmed reports are that one death from poisoned rhino horn took place in Thailand earlier this year.

    • Meanwhile, police last week announced the arrest of two more people allegedly linked to the infamous ‘Musina mafia’ poaching syndicate.

    This brings their number to 13, which includes Empangeni businessman Leon van der Merwe and two veterinarians. According to the Hawks, 20 rhino carcasses were recovered from the game farm of Dawie Groenewald on Thursday.
     
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