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Shootout in KZN World Heritage Site

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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife reported that field rangers had a gun fight with suspected poachers at Ozabeni on Tuesday, March 18. When the fight was over, one suspected poacher had been shot dead and an R1 rifle was recovered. “A joint operation between Ezemvelo and South African police resulted in the arrest of one suspected poacher and the recovery of a .375 rifle with a silencer,” said a spokesperson for the provincial wildlife authority. “Human bones and the bones of various species like leopard, elephant and giraffe were also found on the scene.” Ozabeni is a part of the iSimangaliso Wetland […]

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Rhino Horn. Will Supporters of Trade Make their Case?

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Organizers of a key conference about rhino conservation and the merits or otherwise of introducing a legal trade in rhino horn, scheduled for early April, claim that advocates of trade are threatening to boycott the conference because their point of view will not be represented. But OSCAP, the South African NGO hosting the conference, believes that their potential absence is of their own making as they have been invited to present their case. “We have never disguised the fact that the principal objective of this conference is to allow the South African public to hear, in detail, the reasons why […]

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SA’s rhinos: Not worth the price of a ticket to London?

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Author – SHARON VAN WYK The State of the Nation address provided a perfect smokescreen to hide South Africa’s real reasons for not attending last week’s crucial gathering on poaching. The government has finally let the proverbial cat out of the bag with the issuing of a media statement concerning the reasons why South Africa did not attend the pivotal London Conference on the lllegal Wildlife Trade, which took place in the British capital last week. The watershed conference, under the auspices of the British government, culminated last Thursday (13 February) in the signing of a hard-hitting declaration by 46 […]

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Why did South Africa skip a vital conference on illegal wildlife trade?

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Rhinos: Why did South Africa skip a vital conference on illegal wildlife trade? By: DEX KOTZE  19 FEB 2014 01:54 (SOUTH AFRICA) In London last week, international media scrambled to cover the high-level and much anticipated international conference on illegal wildlife trade. However, there was one notable absentee, namely South Africa. The country’s absence at the conference and non-participation in the signing of the London Declaration has raised serious concerns regarding its commitment to ending the onslaught on its rhinos. And conservationists and South African taxpayers want answers. The London Summit was hosted by the British government and led by […]

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Elephant, rhino poaching funds African terrorists

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There is a new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa, and the U.S. military can do much more to combat it. Poaching of endangered elephants and rhinos has become a conservation crisis, and profits from wildlife crimes are filling the coffers of terrorist organizations. The twin crises should be cause for alarm for military leaders, not just conservation groups. They need to start working together before it is too late. In the past two years, about 60,000 elephants and more than 1,600 rhinos have been slaughtered by poachers, according to reports from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the International Union […]

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How the engagement ring proves that we shouldn’t trade rhino horn

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Most Westerners know that the medicinal properties of rhino horn are nothing but an ancient Eastern myth. But poachers are decimating the rhino population as Asia’s demand for horn grows and illegal trade expands. There’s now pressure to legalise the trade and farm rhinos. The argument is that by saturating the market with rhino horn, value and demand will fall. On the surface this might appear sensible, but there are lessons we can learn from a Western myth fabricated just eighty years ago. Once the privilege of royalty and aristocrats, by the 1930s, diamonds were being sold to those of […]

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Mozambique impounds illegal rhino horns

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The Mozambican police has said its officers had seized two suitcases containing seven rhinoceros horns at Maputo International Airport before they could be dispatched to Vietnam.Local media reported on Wednesday quoting the spokesperson for the Maputo City Police Command, Orlando Mudumane, saying the suitcases also contained 44 kilos of ivory, and eight kilos of ivory bracelets. The labels on the suitcases indicated that their destination was Vietnam, and were registered in the name of two Vietnamese citizens, whom the police have not yet been able to locate, the report said. The suitcases were ready to be transported to Vietnam, said […]

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Rhino Poaching stats reach 891 – 27/11/2013

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  27 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns and a large number of elephant ivory products seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 were returned to South Africa today. The return of these will now enable the Hawks to further their investigations and determine the origin of the items by means of inter alia DNA analysis, which may lead to the arrest and prosecution of the alleged rhino and elephant poachers and couriers of the illegal shipment. The arrival of the consignment at the OR Tambo International Airport comes as the number of rhino poached […]

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Elephants: The Poster Child for a Failed Experiment

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    The problem with the elephant debate in a CITES context is that the political symbolism of the African elephant has always blinded Parties to the horrific consequences of putting a commercial value on the species’ body parts. Elephants are often referred to as “flagship” species and nowhere is this more true than in the CITES debate over “sustainable utilisation”. It seems pretty clear to me that, at some point in the very early 1990s, senior members of the CITES Secretariat, along with certain international NGOs, decided that if they could prove to the world that sustainable use works […]

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How to Stop Ivory Trade with the Chinese Connection?

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  How to Stop Ivory Trade with the Chinese Connection? Posted by: Huang Hongxiang on November 22, 2013 After investigating the Chinese connection with the ivory trade in Africa for the past three months, below is my own conclusion about how it is possible to break the Chinese-ivory link. Experts have estimated that China is responsible for about 70% of world ivory market. Beyond statistics, I have witnessed it with my own eyes in Africa. In some countries the phenomena of Chinese buying/smuggling ivory is more prosperous, such as Mozambique; in some countries the level is very preliminary, such as Namibia. However, […]

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