Monday, 21 November 2016

Rhino Wars – A 6 year Review Series. Part III

The original article was written in 2011/11/09. If I thought we were losing then, we are not only losing now, we are getting slaughtered, pun intended.

1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa during 2015.

Rhino Wars – we are losing..

In South Africa we have lost, as I write this, 348 Rhino, but by the time you read this the figure will more than likely be higher.

There was a small spot of bother in a country called Vietnam a good few years back. During that time a terrible thing called Napalm was used, as well as a poison called Agent Orange. Then too, a tactic called carpet-bombing was tried out. More bombs were dropped on North Vietnam than were dropped during the entire 2nd World War! The Rhino survived this apocalypse. This year it was reported by the World Wildlife Fund that those Rhino are no more. The Vietnam Rhino was poached to extinction.
The IFP wants to hold yet another summit, talk, talk. One of the plans that has come up before was to move certain of the Rhino to “safer” areas. This plan really perplexed me. Forgive this ignorant Gypsy for asking but: The poachers have proven to be a highly mobile force that has taken Rhino right next to an APU’s HQ, for one thing. Also, with all the publicity of this project, did we not just tell the poachers bosses exactly where to find a nice concentration of these animals? WTF?
We have at our disposal here in South Africa, some of the best bush soldiers in the world. Many are looking for work. Why are we not using this resource? I ask you with bloody tears in my eyes.

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