OSCAP Conference 2014
RHINO POACHING REACHES CATASTROPHIC PROPORTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
In the last couple of years Africa's Rhino have suffered an onslaught of poaching and this has seen numerous species of Rhino becoming extinct. Alone last year in a 2 month period 2 species were declared extinct in Africa - the Northern Black Rhino and Central African White Rhino.
Alone in 2011 488 Rhino were poached within the borders of South Africa. To date in 2012 we have lost 668 Rhinos.
There are various factors that are influencing the spike in poaching and these are the lack of secure borders, inadequate Anti-Poaching measures, inadequate sentencing and the involvement of vets, pilots and officials in organised crime syndicates.
OSCAP was formed out of a desperate and dire need to allow members of the public have a voice and to pressure Government and other stakeholders to take action to stop the slaughter.
In a couple of months OSCAP became a household name in South Africa and membership soared.
We are actively involved in pressuring Government and SANParks to undertake a census as a matter of extreme urgency. In order for our Minister to make educated decisions on a strategy forward to protect the Rhino they need correct population figures to base these decisions on. Over the years varying conflicting population figures have been issued by the Department, none of which appear to be accurate and correct.
Furthermore, the CITES Permit Offices are in complete disarray and corruption and incompetence have put the existence of our rhino further at risk.
We have been calling for a Moratorium on hunting due to the loopholes that have been exploited. Quasi hunts have been taking place merely to have the trophy exported and the horn removed and sold on the black market.
It is our intention in the near future to open up secure conservancies which will help maintain and increase Rhino populations in South Africa.