The year 2013 was welcomed by an act of atrocity where five rhinos were killed by the poachers. Just last year alone, the numbers of rhinos being poached reached as high as 658 across the South African country. Cumulatively by including 2012 and 2011 statistics of rhinos being killed show 50 percent of increase in rhinos being poached.
A recent report from TRAFFIC exhibited the reasons behind these criminal acts of collecting rhino’s horns is for medical purpose especially in Vietnam. The poaching activity has lured highly organised criminal groups to “invest” in the black market of rhino’s horns as it is now known as a very much profitable business.
Sabri Zain, TRAFFIC’s Director of Advocacy has voiced out saying Vietnam needs to impose a serious restriction upon rhino’s horn trading as it is fuelling the poachers in South Africa to respond to the demand back in Vietnam. “The horns of the rhinos were hacked and they were left waiting to die” he added.
Vietnam and South Africa signed an agreement aiming to bolster the law enforcement and tackling illegal wildlife trading in an endeavour to champion the illegal trades.
“We praise the act of Vietnam and South Africa towards the agreement towards biodiversity conservation, however, the implementation of rhinos plan of action must be carried out in order to seize more of these illegal trophies. This also includes in working closely with countries being transit routes for the illegal trading, specifically Mozambique”, says Dr Jo Shaw, WWF-SA’s Rhino Co-ordinator.
According to the WWF’s Wildlife Crime Scorecard, both Vietnam and Mozambique acquires bad grade towards protecting the rhinos. The study also outlines important actions to be taken by South Africa such as punishments toward those who are involved in such trading.
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