Thursday, 15 July 2010 20:03

Poachers slaughter rhino population

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Poachers have killed at least 126 rhinos in game reserves across the country since the beginning of the year. The last remaining adult rhino at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve was found dead on Tuesday morning. The animal's horns had been removed. The reserve lost a rhino to poachers in June last year while two more were killed in January this year.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Solomon Sibiya said that police were following leads but no one had been arrested.

Just two weeks ago a Vietnamese man was sentenced to 10 years in jail after being convicted of trying to smuggle rhino horns out of the counrty. The Kempton Park magistrate who handed down the sentence called for more action to be taken to curb the dramatic increase in rhino poaching in South Africa.

 

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