Thursday, June 21, 2012

Since the beginning of this year, the number of rhinos poached in South Africa now stands at 251 and the number of arrests at 170, according to a statement released by the Department of Environmental Affairs on June 20.
According to statistics released by the department on June 12, 245 rhinos had been killed, meaning that more than one rhino every day is being lost to poaching in South Africa.
The North West, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo provinces continue to be targeted by poachers, collectively accounting for 86 of the total rhinos poached this year.
The Kruger National Park has lost 149 rhinos since the beginning of this year.
Of the people arrested, 147 were poachers, 10 receivers or couriers, six couriers or buyers and seven exporters.
Okay they have arrested 147 poachers but this does not solve the problem, for every poacher arrested there are plenty more to replace them. The focus should be one the people at the top, the syndicate leaders and officials, arresting one or two these people will stop this horrendous crime.