Make a Stand Against Rhino Poaching

* Target: Ms Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
* Sponsored by: Karra Rothery, Voice of Conservation

2007: 13 rhinos slaughtered

2008: 83 rhinos slaughtered

2009: 122 rhinos slaughtered

2010: 333 rhinos slaughtered

In just 4 years rhino poaching has gone up by a massive 2500%. This huge increase is down to the new high tech methods poachers are currently using. Organised syndicates have taken poaching to a new level. Even supposed wildlife conservationists and veterinarians have got in on the act.

Previously the poachers would go in on foot, sometimes using a crossbow, strong enough to pierce the rhinos thick skin. The steel arrow would penetrate the animals body, piercing the rhinos vital organs and causing serious injury. Other poaches will brutally mow down the animal with an assault rifle or use high powered tranquilisers to knock the animal out. The poachers are ruthless and will often kill a pregnant cow, or a cow with a calf. The calf is then either left to die with no mother or it is slaughtered as well for its tiny, insignificant horn.

But now these new methods have taken the assault to the skies. From a small helicopter the rhino is darted with a night vision rifle. The horn is then brutally chopped off while the animal is still alive, leaving them to die slowly and painfully. The use of a helicopter allows the criminals much easier access and also a quick getaway. They have often disappeared without a trace before it is even realised that the brutal act has taken place. These new methods mirror those of normal wildlife capture carried out by conservationists and the veterinary drugs used implies that a vet has been involved with this disgusting trade.

The pure greed of these people has simply taken over what was a passion to preserve and protect.

Unfortunately game reserves simply do not have the funds to stay one step ahead. With the technology of the poachers ever increasing, soon we will be in fear of losing the rhino forever. We must stand together and make our voices heard. Together we will urge the South African government to prioritise anti poaching efforts by devoting more funds to the cause. We will also suggest educating children before they become involved with this horrific trade.

We must stop this horrific slaughter before it is too late.

Thank you.

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