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SA RHINO: poachers perverse crimes

Brussels 02.11.2021 A rhino with tears in his eyes: heartbreaking images show a Southern White rhino ‘weeping in pain’ after poachers hacked off his horn and crushed part of the bone in his skull in South African game reserve.

Southern White Rhino can be seen with tears running down from his eyes while lays his head on the ground.
The male rhino was saved by the charity Saving the Survivors and he is kept on a reserve in South Africa.
Images show the rhino’s skull is exposed behind the huge bloodied hole where the horn was hacked by poachers.

South Africa holds the majority of the world’s rhinos numbering over 2,000 and has been the country hit hardest by poaching criminals, with more than 1,000 rhinos killed each year between 2013 and 2017.

There were 394 recorded poaching incidents in South Africa in 2020, poaching numbers have declined significantly in recent years, but are still too high. On average in the country, a rhino is killed for it horn each day.

Photographer Simon Needham, 55, who works with several wildlife charities in South Africa told his story about the suffering rhino. He explained that this animal was one more victim of poacher’s barbarism, butchering rhino’s horn, and crushing his skull. The owners of the game reserve abandoned the animal, presuming he was dead, but the police noticed him and informed Saving the Survivors charity about him.
The owners of the reserve surrendered him to charity as he was worthless to them. In spite of pain and suffering from the atrocious skull injury the rhino had a strong will to survive.

Chinese poachers with $1 million rhino horns face justice

The seven Chinese stood before Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, magistrate Ms Rangarirai Gakanje.

They were not formally charged for contravening Section 45(1) (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14 as read with Section 128(b) of the same Act.

The sections criminalise keeping, possessing, selling or disposing of any live specially protected animal, meat or trophy of any such animal.

The magistrate remanded the accused in custody. Prosecuting, Mr Bheki Tshabalala said the accused were found in possession of the rhino pieces.

On 22 December information was received that there were some Chinese nationals at house number 858 Aerodrome, who were suspected to be keeping rhino horns. Police applied for a search warrant and proceeded to the house on Sunday morning whereupon searching they recovered a plastic bag containing several pieces of rhino horn in one of the bedrooms used by Liu,” said Mr Tshabalala.

The prosecutor said several other pieces were found in a cardboard box and some stashed inside a mattress that had been cut for concealment. A digital scale was also recovered, the court revealed. Mr Tshabalala said the pieces weighed 20,98 kg and a veterinary surgeon confirmed that they were genuine rhino horns.

The total value of the pieces is $938 700. Mr Givemore Mvhiringi of Mvhiringi and Associates is representing the accused.

Zeng Dengui (35), Peicon Jang (35), Liu Cheng (23), Yu Xian (25), Yong Zhu (25), Chen Zhiangfu (30) and Qui Jinchang (29) were arrested following a search at their rented house in Aerodrome.

 

Sibuya: lions ‘execute’ rhino poachers

A ranger with guests at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape on a safari drive on Tuesday afternoon discovered human remains close to a pride of lions.

We suspect two were killed, possibly three,” Sibuya owner Nick Fox said.

An axe and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived. The lions had been heard making a commotion in the early morning hours.

 

We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the axe confirmed it,” Fox said. “They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn.”

South Africa is home the biggest population of the world’s rhinos, whose numbers has been depleted by poaching for buyers in Vietnam and China where rhino horn is coveted as an ingredient in traditional medicine as an ‘effective remedy’ from impotence and prostate cancer.

More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year.

2018 first rhino victim of poachers

Poachers shot dead a pregnant rhino and hacked off her horn in a nature reserve outside Komani (Queenstown, South Africa) this week. Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve manager Hein Gerber said yesterday the five year-old white rhino had been due to calve in two to three weeks.

“One rhino is bad enough. We were very shocked and it is a great loss. But with her being pregnant, in fact we have lost two animals,” de Gerber said.

Initial investigations showed the poachers used a .375 calibre hunting rifle to shoot the animal before chopping off its horn with an axe either late on Christmas night or before dawn the next day, he said.

The carcass was found 60 to 70m from the reserve’s southern fence.The access point through the fence had not yet been pinpointed but it was clear that the poachers had got into the reserve and had not shot the animal from the road, the manage said.

Zoo rhino killed for his horn…in Paris!

Poachers have broken into a zoo near Paris and shot a rhinoceros dead before stealing his hugely valuable ivory horn.

In the first case of its kind ever in Europe, the five-year-old animal, named Vince, was found dead in Thoiry, west of the French capital.

According to police the zoo raid happened late last night, and it was not until 9am today that zookeepers made the horrifying discovery.

A source speaking to Le Parisien newspaper said “the animal had been shot with three bullets to the head, and his horn was cut off with a chainsaw”.

 

Poachers killed 1,054 South African rhinos for their horns in 2016, a 10 percent dip on a year earlier, the environment ministry said Monday, as officials struggle to quell the slaughter.