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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:28 PM
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84 Rhinos Poached This Year Alone In SA National Parks - Mongabay
In July national parks in South Africa lost 26 white rhinos and one black rhino to poachers, bringing the total rhinos lost in South Africa to 84 this year alone.

The situation has led Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica to call for an integrative approach to the crisis.

"The minister and the MECs expressed their political support to provincial authorities, but also called for an integrated anti-rhino poaching strategy incorporating all rhino range provinces and the department of environmental affairs," the ministry said in a statement. Authorities have so far arrested twenty-two people suspected of being involved in the poaching.

Thirty-three of the rhinos were poached in world famous Kruger National Park, many on the Mozambique side of the park. Poachers arrested for these crimes have all been Mozambican, according to David Mabunda, chief executive of South Africa National Parks.

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http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0910-hance_rhinosa.html
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:32 PM
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1. wow that's practically an industry
:sarcasm:

Yeah - corruption from the inside, or at the very least intentionally "not noticing" is the only way that can happen. The second way that can happen is by not nailing the traders. African and Chinese "traditional" medicine - you can probably find powdered horn here in America.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:36 PM
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2. I guess when you send land owners to jail, it sends a message to poachers.
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