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Serabi: On the way to China!!
Two rhinos killed in Limpopo
Polokwane - Two rhino, a mother and a calf, have been killed by poachers in a Limpopo reserve, police said.
Tzaneen police spokesperson Major General Maggy Mathebula said the two rhinos were found in the Tiergarten Wildlife Reserve near Letsitele on Thursday.
Both had been shot and their horns removed.
In 2011, two rhino were killed and dehorned in the same reserve, which covers 8 000ha.
Last year, 448 rhino were killed in South Africa.
Serabi: Our rhino anti-poaching measures is a two edged sword. China is the only market for Rhino horn.
Rhino dies during anti-poaching treatment
Johannesburg - A rhino died during a media demonstration of an anti-poaching treatment on Thursday, the Rhino Rescue Project said.
"He responded very well to the treatment and the procedure is 100% safe, but there are always huge risks when such a large animal is sedated," said spokesperson Lorinda Hern.
The rhino - named Spencer - died after veterinarians administered a drug to wake him up after a microchip and tracking device were implanted in his horn, said Hern.
The demonstration of the procedure was held at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, in the Cradle of Humankind.
Hern, who was also Spencer's owner, said an anaesthetic was required for the treatment.
It was suspected that Spencer had an underlying heart condition and that the anaesthetic's antidote may have triggered heart failure.
Spencer's age could also have played a role, as he was estimated to be 22.
Hern, who was upset at the death, said poachers created a catch-22 situation in that poaching prevention treatments required sedation, which could in some cases pose a risk to the animals.
A post mortem was being conducted to establish the exact cause of the rhino's death.
vivv_00: & primitive. yeah, that ground-up rhino horn`s really going to help what`s ailing ppl, eghhhh
OCD_OCD: If there weren't people in China willing to pay astronomical amounts, the poachers wouldn't bother.
there you go Wabbit.
OCD_OCD: Behind the crime wave is a surge in demand from the far east and European Asian communities for powdered rhino horn, which is used in traditional Chinese medicines. It is valued as a remedy for everything from fevers and headaches to cancer, and demand is so intense it has pushed the value of horn to £60,000 per kilogram – twice the value of gold.
OCD_OCD: Insider information? Did I say I had insider information? I'm neither a poacher nor a procurer, and unless you are one or the other, then I suppose you would call any and all information irrelevant.
How about National Geographic? Is that a reasonable source?
"In addition to the increase in trade, the 2009 study found that the majority of African rhino horns were now headed for traditional medicine markets in China and Vietnam.
OCD_OCD: wabbit will deny all information that does not suit his purpose. you notice that he has no proof that rhinos are not killed for their horns and those horns traded in Asia, particularly China.
From a major news source:
"The street value of rhinoceros horns has soared to about $65,000 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), making it more expensive than gold, platinum and in many cases cocaine, as a belief — with no basis in science — has taken hold in recent years in parts of Asia that ingesting it can cure or prevent cancer."