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Poachers Kill Last Female White Rhino in South African Reserve



Poachers shot the last female white rhino in a game reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday, sawed off her horn with a chainsaw, and let her bleed to death:

"The gang used tranquilliser guns and a helicopter to bring down the nine-year-old rhino cow. Her distraught calf was moved to a nearby estate where it was introduced to two other orphaned white rhinos. Wanda Mkutshulwa, a spokeswoman for South African National Parks, said investigations into the growing number of incidents had been shifted to the country's organised crime unit. 'We are dealing with very focused criminals. Police need to help game reserves because they are not at all equipped to handle crime on such an organised level,' she said."

The situation is dire for the species:

"Wildlife officials say poaching for the prized horns has now reached an all-time high. "Last year, 129 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa. This year, we have already had 136 deaths," said Japie Mostert, chief game ranger at the 1,500-hectare Krugersdorp game reserve...Mkutshulwa said poaching was also rife in the Kruger Park. Five men were arrested there in the past week alone – four of whom were caught with two bloodied rhino horns, AK-47 assault rifles, bolt-action rifles and an axe."

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  1. This saddens me. Mutilating endangered species is a crims for which I forgo my commitment to ending capital punishment. The scum responsible for this should be executed publicly.

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 19, 2010 12:57:34 PM

  2. Endangered or not this should not happen to any animal! This world would be a much better place if WE were not on it.

    Posted by: wopboptorledo | Jul 19, 2010 1:07:44 PM

  3. heartbreaking. so little respect for life.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 19, 2010 1:08:58 PM

  4. Savages.

    Posted by: DD | Jul 19, 2010 1:13:02 PM

  5. fucking, disgusting mother fuckers. i hope karma is a real cunty bitch.

    Posted by: pacjunior2 | Jul 19, 2010 1:26:19 PM

  6. Poachers should be shot and killed.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 19, 2010 1:34:29 PM

  7. You can thank China for fueling the demand..

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 19, 2010 1:48:09 PM

  8. seriously.. I'm of the same mind as the rest of you. We do so little to deserve this place all we do is ruin it for everything else that lives here. I'm not a full on tree hugging anti modernist but moments like this in the world just make my stomach turn as I burn with hatred for my own kind.

    Posted by: cmh | Jul 19, 2010 2:01:27 PM

    but you know, the poachers are doing this for money. There's a demand they are trying to fill. The demand needs to be addressed. I would think if the demand were not there, then (hopefully) these barbaric acts would cease.
    Just unbelievable.

    Posted by: tinhouston | Jul 19, 2010 2:07:26 PM

  10. This is representative of the sickness of today's human race. We have lost the shared knowledge that all life is interconnected, precious, and ultimately one. By killing that beautiful white rhino, the circle of life is broken, ultimately exterminating the chance that the human race will survive on Earth.

    Posted by: BG Ness | Jul 19, 2010 2:29:03 PM

  11. heartbreaking. what are the horns being used for?

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 19, 2010 2:39:08 PM

  12. I hope they catch these fuckers, cut off their dicks and leave THEM to bleed to death!

    Posted by: Q | Jul 19, 2010 3:00:09 PM

  13. This is a tragedy. I wonder, though, if it would have occurred if the poverty weren't at epidemic proportions in south africa. If a quarter of its population didn't live on 1.25 real dollars a day. If a quarter of its population weren't unemployed, and the vast majority of the employed have nothing but survival to show for their efforts, no matter how hard they work. I wonder if crushing and completely avoidable poverty--watching your children go hungry and die for poverty....preventable illness...would create such desperation, and motivate such tragic outcomes as this.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 19, 2010 3:14:34 PM

  14. This is disgusting! I seem to recall what happened to those pirates when people finally started fighting back. It stopped! Do the same with these scumbags. Those guys who were caught with bloody rhino horns should have been executed. Send a message!

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 19, 2010 3:17:32 PM

  15. I would recommend the capital punishment. But that wouldn’t solve the problem either. The species is doomed. I thought Viagra would help those loonies with their impotence problems. But hey, nothing like an old fashioned rhino horn. Yes I know they are used as knife handles in Yemen. Ah, you gotta love cultural traits.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jul 19, 2010 3:18:33 PM

  16. So, to satisfy the Chinese demand for ground Rhino horns (white Rhinos especially preferred) because Rhino horn powder gives Chinese men hyper-virility and keeps Chinese men's three-inch dicks hard, the last female, white Rhino was killed. Wonderful.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 19, 2010 3:19:34 PM

  17. Hopefully game preserves can be established in more stable countries. Perhaps Australia or the US would work out. Poaching does occur in the US too, largely in wilderness areas and again, largely for the Chinese "medicine" culture/trade. Bear claw is high in demand. The beliefs that spawn such demand are beyond simplistic. China should do more to educate its population that such superstitions are counterproductive.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 19, 2010 5:00:52 PM

  18. More gay amusement out of any tragedy involving animals? You T-road gays are sick.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 19, 2010 5:55:09 PM

  19. No need for racist tones jamal49. As an Asian American I'm sick of reading these stories as well. Lay off the racist stereotypes; people work well together when we're not putting other people down.

    Posted by: terry | Jul 19, 2010 6:10:16 PM

  20. How sad, that African poachers are destroying their own wildlife, they fail to see it's value.

    But I do agree that China is partly to blame for fueling the demand. Lucy Liu did a CNN special on how China's demand for shark fins (used for soup) is also decimating the shark population too.

    Posted by: James | Jul 19, 2010 11:01:48 PM

  21. "I wonder, though, if it would have occurred if the poverty weren't at epidemic proportions in south africa. If a quarter of its population didn't live on 1.25 real dollars a day. If a quarter of its population weren't unemployed, and the vast majority of the employed have nothing but survival to show for their efforts, no matter how hard they work."

    ---Blah de fucking Blah. Don't blame this on poverty. This has China written all over it. It is simply Supply and Demand, pure and simple. Sure, it's a bitch those people are unemployed, but have you checked how many people in THIS country are unemployed, while TRILLIONS have been sent to Africa? You can't help those people, it's been proven. They won't help themselves.

    So, yes, while this IS a tragedy, make it clear, it is all about supply and demand; China's supply and demand, which lead to this horrible death.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 20, 2010 12:54:15 AM

  22. Disgusting and heartbreaking.

    Someone needs to show these photos to Johnny Weir...

    Posted by: wirrrn | Jul 20, 2010 2:18:18 AM

  23. You are such a complete idiot, kyle. You can help these people for nothing more than the cost of one of your several needless doesn't take much to improve the life of someone who has nothing. And don't blame the crushingly undeveloped world poor for their plight. You're gonna blame someone who's survived on $1.25 since they were born...ignorant of the fact that social capital accounts for upwards of 90% of accumulated wealth in countries like the united states...proven by nobel prize winning economists...and then say that they're poor because they won't help themselves? You disgust me.

    Maybe if the people who committed this atrocity weren't pushed to the limits of desperation to make money by starving to near death, and watching their children die of measles and diarrhea--in other words, poverty--because they can't afford to take them to a doctor...maybe if THEY were treated like they mattered...EVER...instead of just the faceless nameless nothings that they are, in fact, treated like...maybe they wouldn't have had this kind of problem, huh? This isn't a religion problem...this a poverty problem.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 20, 2010 2:36:33 AM

  24. "How sad, that African poachers are destroying their own wildlife, they fail to see it's value."

    Tragically hilarious! "Oh, the poor! They just don't get it, huh? They'll never appreciate the true splendor and beauty of nature and wildlife...those animals!"

    When living through a day is a real achievement...yeah...

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 20, 2010 2:39:57 AM

  25. This is truly bone-chilling. I was in this very game reserve a few years ago and I'm horrified that this brutal killing occurred there. To those of you saying it was perpetrated by the poverty-stricken and we should not judge, I call bullshit. These poachers are well-funded, have automatic weapons and even a helicopter for fux sake. Of course it is true that the poor will kill as much wildlife as they can for meat and profit (E.g. snares along the Serengeti borders kills thousands of animals) but are you arguing that that's OK - that we should just sit back and say, oh well, that's the way of the world? And when all the wildlife is gone, when the last poached rhino horn and tiger penis and whale meat etc. destroy the species? What a cruel, unlovely world awaits us then.

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 20, 2010 3:01:22 AM

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