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Poachers Killed More Than 1,000 Rhinos for the Third Year in a Row

South African officials report that fewer of the animals were poached in 2015, but deaths rose in neighboring Namibia and Zimbabwe.  Dr, Marius Kruger, center, and members of Kruger National Park keep the head of a rhino up during a white rhino relocation capture. (Photo: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: Poachers Killed More Than 1,000 Rhinos for the Third Year in a Row | TakePart

What is there to say about this?  They’re fueled by demand.  Stop the demand.  or Hire poacher poachers. 

Meanwhile

South Africa Takes Step Toward Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade

Some say lifting the ban on domestic trade is the only way to save rhinos from extinction.

“John Hume, one of the rhino game breeders who took the case to court and the largest rhino farmer in the world, said that without selling the horns, he cannot offset the cost of raising the animals, including feeding them and providing security protection.

“I am completely convinced that what I am doing is the only way to save the rhino from extinction,” Hume told the Los Angeles Times. He plans to sell some 300 horns to local buyers and use the proceeds to keep his business going.”

He may be right.  Then again he may be trying to build a business.  Whatever the case, the Rhino is still in deep trouble thanks to humans.

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