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United Nations Calls For Penalties For Ivory And Rhino Horn Traffickers

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

- 1857 days ago -
Reuters has reported that the increased demand for ivory and rhino horns in Asia (for gifts and hangover cures) is resulting in a poaching boom and officials are calling for stiffer penalties for traffickers to curb that trend.

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Kit B (276)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:24 am

I completely agree, there should be very stiff penalties that discourage any attempt at seeking Ivory or Rhino horn.
We need to make those penalties on purchasers as well as poachers.

Christeen A (369)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:29 am
As indeed they should. Thank you.

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:05 am
Ed Hern, owner of the Rhino and Lion Reserve near Johannesburg, decided to inject poison into the horn of the rhinoceros in the hope that this will serve to stop the slaughter of these great animals. "The goal is to kill or seriously ill who consumes the horn powder (wrongly considered an aphrodisiac).
If someone in China eats it and gets sick, I do not think I will buy the other, "said Hern. Because of the urgent request of the Chinese precious powder (which can be worth up to 65 thousand euro per kilo) every week are killed 2/3 rhinos.
The idea of ​​Herd has been criticized by conservationists but the man says: "We are conducting an experiment by injecting poison into the daily little horn of a rhinoceros.
It may seem outrageous to do so, but what is really outrageous is seeing a dead rhino with its horn sawn off. "This, for example, is what happened last adult rhinoceros in nearby Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, where a puppy was found hungry and only a few meters from mother killed by poachers.

the whole world has a duty to act for the DEFENSE of this animal
thank you dear Cgher for this news

Ruth C (87)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:55 am
I agree with all of the above!

Sandi C (98)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:48 am

Angelika R (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:26 am
Perhaps not capital punishment but the next closest please! ( FOR hangover, indeed! not against..)

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:09 am
Notato E` importante Notizi!!!!!!

Chrissie H (23)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:18 am
God bless you,Ed Hern for trying to stop the poachers slaughtering these magnificent creatures for the ivory and rhino horns and if anyone dies or becomes ill from consuming the horn powder,so be it. At least they have a choice.

Lynn D (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:20 pm
I agree wholeheartedly! Thanks!

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:27 pm
On one hand I'm glad the UN has finally woken up; on the other hand why did it take 15 years?

Connie O (44)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:48 pm
Ed Hern, I hope this has a good outcome. If some people were to die, perhaps that would be a deterrant fot the rest. I also believe stiffer fines and prison time for poachers, and stiff fines for people buying the ivory.

cynthia l (207)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:34 pm
I hope the outcome is good There is nothing more horrible than photos of rhinos with their face removed

Mary T (358)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:40 pm
thank you UN for helping the rhinos; maybe the drunks should stop drinking and others realize that body parts from animals might not help cure their ailments.

Sherri G (128)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:47 am
Thank you Cher and Curzio. Let's see if the UN can enforce their penalties. The penalties need to be severe and criminal. I read the article on painting rhino horns pink with poison that can be traced. I say if making the Chinese sick to get them past their superstitions while saving rhinos so be it.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:42 am
I agree, but it isn't just the traffickers and poachers they need to prosecute, but the people at the head of the chain. Attitudes need to be changed as well. And the market in these products needs to be choked off. It's not a simple issue.

Carol H (229)
Monday May 6, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted and agreed, thanks Cher

Sara P (55)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:41 am
I'm sorry to say that the United Nations intervene only when it's too late, everyone knows what are the countries that trade in ivory and rhino horns, also everybody knows where the poachers act and even where they live. Do you think that really somebody want to stop these bastards? But of course, when the last elephant and the last rhino will shot down, then yes, definitely they will stop the poachers!!!!!
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