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Rhino Poachers Get Thirteen Years in Prison

Two residents of Mozambique have been given prison sentences of thirteen years after they were convicted of illegal rhino poaching in Zimbabwe. They also entered Chipangali Game Park without legal permission. They used an AK-47 automatic assault rifle containing over fifty bullets. The two poachers were caught by police and game rangers who were tracking rhinos at the time they encountered the criminals.

Chipangali is located near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and was founded by Vivian and Paddy Wilson. It is a wildlife preserve, rehabilitation center and educational facility for the public to learn about local animals. It was supported in part by Diana Princess of Wales, when she was alive, and has received support from her trust. In the videos below you can see how a black rhino was being taken care of there, and one kept in a fenced area. These might have been the rhinos the poachers were stalking, or their relatives.

Zimbabwe resident Raoul du Toit was just given a prestigious environmental award for his years of black rhino conservation efforts in his homeland.

The false notion that rhino horn contains medicinal chemicals has driven demand for it beyond reason, so, tragically, rhino poaching continues and is even increasing in some parts of Africa. In the 1980s there may have been about 1,500 rhinos in the Zimbabwe area, but now they are down to just 440, and those are being illegally killed each year for their horns. Combine that trend with the fact that some local people generally don’t care about the rhinos, and you have a recipe for a potential extinction. The magistrate who gave the thirteen-year sentences did so in part as a statement to poachers and potential poachers that they will face significant prison time. Some would argue thirteen years is not enough, however.

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7:42PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

that was not a just sentence. the rhinos are dead for life. the poachers should get their noses cut off and imprisoned for Life.

1:07PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

3:41PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Like I always say, " Kill a HUMAN and it is MURDER - kill an innocent animal and it is SPORT or OK for profit" I can't figure this out. I say eye for an eye. Well 13 yrs is a start.

7:48PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

13 years is a start--but if there were worse things poachers had to face--like death--maybe they'd stop. I also think they should get the individuals that BUY/sell the horn, and stick them in jail's because of the demand that there are poachers in the first place. It's only keratin, like humans have in nails and hair--not some potent magical formula.

1:20PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Thank you

7:03PM PDT on May 29, 2011

Yes! Go environmentalists!

3:13PM PDT on May 22, 2011

It's most definitely not a long enough sentence but I'm glad to see that jail time is actually being served for this terrible crime. We need to implement stronger and more severe laws towards animal cruelty and illegal poaching everywhere. I hope they enjoy their stay in prison.

6:42PM PDT on May 12, 2011

Agreed! IT's a great step forward in ending pointless and ridiculous killing of animals! I hope this shows others thinking of doing similar acts that it is not right and can carry serious consequences!

7:45AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Finally! I wish this was the type of sentence that all animal abusers, poachers, etc were given!

5:12PM PDT on May 9, 2011

It's a start...

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