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Monday, 8 October 2012

Rhino wars update – Arrests and convictions.

Rhinos killed in South Africa, Kenya & India - Arrests and convictions in Germany and USA
There is no let up from poachers, smugglers and others that continue to massacre rhino populations around the world, and especially in Africa. As of 3rd September South Africa had recorded 373 (Increased to 381, 18 Sep, rhinos as being poached so far in 2012, with the large majority, 229 (236 now), having been killed on the Kruger. But several; incidents from around the world illustrate that it is not just a problem for South Africa, and that until demand can be reduced, the problem will continue to escalate.

A rhino was killed on the Lewa conservancy in Northern Kenya. Lewa is one of the most important sites for rhino conservation in Kenya, protecting both white and black rhinos.

A male and a female rhino have been killed in India's Kaziranga National Park in separate incidents, the 11th rhinos killed in the park in 2012.

Two British men were sentenced for 2-3 years in prison after being found guilty of a series of thefts of rhino horns from German museums.

Five people pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in black rhinoceros horns for the illicit Asian folk-medicine market. The two ringleaders, a father and son, will lose $2.5 million in smuggling profits, and will also be liable for amounts of unpaid tax.

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