It’s official South Africa Declares War on Poachers: New Steps Taken to Curb Wildlife Crimes

The South African government has just allocated 2 million rands (approximately $270,000) to set up an anti-poaching unit.  According to Buyelwa Sonjica, the water and environment minister, 55 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa this year for horns.  The major focus for this National Wildlife Reaction Unit will be Kruger National Park as well as other reserves in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.  300 prosecutors and 200 magistrates have also been trained in environmental crimes in preparation for the opening of a new court dedicated to just that.

A rhinoceros on the side of the road in Kruger National Park.

A ranger with over 100 illegally trapped fish in Kruger National Park.

Two anti-poaching rangers from South Africa with confiscated wire snares.

To read the full article about the new anti-poaching unit in South Africa click here

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4 Responses to “It’s official South Africa Declares War on Poachers: New Steps Taken to Curb Wildlife Crimes”

  1. Anne Maher Says:

    It’s about time South Africa (& a few other African nations), came to terms with poaching & hunting & culling and the sale of their Ivory stockpiles causing the elimination and threat to their wildlife. The world will be robbed of these assets and treasures to satisfy the greed and misguided believe that Ivory ornaments, chopsticks and medicinal products from Rhino horn can cure all or prevent anything at all. This is the last frontier for these magnificent beasts. Get onto the internet, set up information and education sources to tell people in Arabia and the Far East of the illusion that these products can benefit their lives at all. Educate them – they are being conned and find employment for the Africans to eliminate them earning money by destroying their own heritage by outsiders who couldn’t care less about the future of Africa in general.

  2. MIchelle van Heerden Says:

    Its crucial times for the rhinos. if something drastically is not done to save them, we may loose them alltogether.
    But part of the solutions is effective legislation, and fast. Not only do we need more severe punishment for offences, relating to poaching, but we also need to be able to prosecute foreigners, who are involved in any way in illigal activities, while being in South Africa.
    One do need the legal system to back up those fighting for the lives of rhinos. It is not enough to just catch the perpetrators, we should successfully prosecute them, with minimum sentences being so severe that they actually do not want to become involved in these activities.
    If it means scaring people to prevent them from pouching, then so be it.
    This is cruicial times for rhinos, and soon, elephants may also become a target again. This calls fro desperate measures.

  3. Desperate times often call for desperate measures and these are definitely desperate times for all of Africa’s wildlife. Grassroots education programs need to be implemented to educate people and set up other means of income for them. The game reserves, parks and other tourist destinations in Africa that make money off these wild animals (wildlife viewing, wildlife photography safaris, etc.) need to do their part to support measures to stop poaching activities by donating a percentage of their profits to these efforts. Another problem is the corruption that is widespread throughout Africa. The funds need to actually go towards the problem and not in some local official’s pocket.

  4. One additional comment. Many schoolchildren and youth of Africa have never even seen a lion, rhino, or other wild animals. How can they possibly care about these animals when they’ve never seen one? Programs need to be established to take schoolchildren of all ages (and other locals) to view these animals and see firsthand why they must be saved. Maybe then they’ll take an interest in what is a Africa’s – and their – heritage.

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