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Nineteen Poachers Arrested for Killing Rhinos

Nineteen Poachers Arrested for Killing Rhinos

In Nepal’s Chitwan National Park a large group of poachers was arrested. Two of the main culprits were sentenced to jail terms; one 14 years and the other 15.  Another was sentenced to eight. In addition to the jail terms, fines were also imposed. According to officials at Chitwan National Park, the man who was sentenced to 15 years killed nine rhinos. The World Wildlife Fund states there are only about 408 rhinos in that region. Recent poaching has killed 24 there since that particular population count.

Rhino horn and body parts fetch significant prices on the black market due to false beliefs that they contain medically beneficial chemicals. Rhino horn is also believed to be an aphrodisiac by some, although like the beliefs about medicinal properties, the claims are unsupported by scientific research.

Another threat to the Chitwan area rhinos is the growth of non-native grasses. The invasive plants are crowding the native grasses which rhinos consume. In order to find more food rhinos may venture out of the protected areas and are then even more vulnerable to poachers.

When poachers are arrested too often they get off lightly. In other instances laws protecting animals are not even enforced. The Nepal officials who did their jobs well deserve a lot of credit for protecting the rhinos. Chitwan is the first national park created in Nepal. Before it became a park, it was a big game hunting ground.

Image Credit: Nico J. van Strien

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6:27PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Pouchers should be sentenced to death, that's the only way to get rid of them.

3:10AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Those poachers should be put to death, and there definitely needs to be a lot more education about these animal medicines!

The following link is a lovely and very necessary project that is being put into place to prevent poaching against rhinos in Africa, however they have a deadline in order to collect all the necessary funds, so please donate - even a small amount will make a difference!! Plus each donation comes with a gift sent to you depending on the amount!

http://www.indiegogo.com/olpejeta

5:43PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

good start.

7:01AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

glad some got caught at least

5:15AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

So glad some have been punished----------to men out there----PLEASE PLEASE help stamp this outrageous behaviour out----------you all know why Im asking MEN for help

12:26AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

I have an idea what they could do with those horns , have these scum bend over and ,....well you get it.

7:09PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

ps. Boo for their food disappearing!

7:08PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Kudos and Thanks to Chitwan National Park and the Judges that sentenced these Poachers, Yea for progress!!

12:39PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Wouldn't it be better to read poachers killed for arresting rhinos ? I don't believe in rhino horns. A loving female is all you need, leave the rest to nature.

12:54AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Are the Asian men not embarrassed to use a murdered wild animal part to stiffen themselves? It does not work. They just think it does. For shame. Don't Asian men in China and VietNam read the internet?

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