Endangered rhino, rhino in Africa, trophy hunting, South Africa
This just in from Kevin Bewick with Anti Poaching Intelligence Group…
The members of Anti-Poaching Intelligence Group Southern Africa call for an moratorium on “Trophy Rhino Hunting “in the Republic of South Africa, until such time as more stringent controls by an independent body can be implemented. It has become abundantly clear that current controls and legislation of the Provincial Nature Conservation Bodies in the various provinces of South Africa are wholly inadequate. The current ethics committee’s of P.H.A.S.A and C.H.A.S.A have no legal standing, and are only able to expel members that have contravened Nature conservation ordinances. Professional Hunters are still able to conduct hunts with other registered outfitters.
The issuing of permits to purchase and transport white rhino’s to a major suspect awaiting trial on various charges relating to scam “Trophy rhino hunts” are a warning that all is not well in Limpopo Department of Nature Conservation, and we call for further investigation of this department by SARS and the Hawks.
The recent arrest of another professional hunter and outfitter involved in scam “Trophy rhino hunts” in Northwest Province, by the Northwest Department of Nature Conservation also warrants investigation by SARS and the Hawks.
We believe these scam “Trophy Rhino Hunts” could well have been the” spark that started the prairie fire “.
While current CITIES legislation has made the White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) Appendix 2 for populations in South Africa and Swaziland, only for allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations and in hunting trophy’s.
We do not believe White rhino’s hunted for their horns and exported to Vietnam, China, Thailand and Singapore to be used in T.C.M., can be classed as “trophies”
Anti-Poaching Intelligence Group Southern Africa