Rhino poaching protest in South Africa

In response to growing black market for rhino horn more rhinos were killed in South Africa last year than combined total over previous decade.

By REUTERS
September 23, 2011 21:43
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South Africa has lost at least 280 rhinos so far in 2011, including 16 or more critically endangered black rhinos.

Passing cars hoot their horns to show their support for the protest.

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In response to a growing black market demand for rhino horn - mainly in Asia - more rhinos were killed in South Africa last year than the combined total over the previous decade.

The coordinator of the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC says there needs to be collaborative law enforcement between South Africa and consumer countries.

In April the South African government deployed the army to the hard-hit Kruger National Park.

This has brought down poaching fatalities, but has pushed the hunters onto private game reserves.


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