Citizen Reporter
2 minute read
27 Nov 2015
10:00 am

Rhino: a tragedy playing out in real time

Citizen Reporter

VIDEO CONTENT: Rhino horn trade is legal in SA. Government will appeal, but what is at stake?

The rhino is a symbol of Africa, a symbol of the bush, a symbol of the Big 5 and a symbol of an animal fighting to survive.

Earlier today, Ilse De Lange of The Citizen reported that “from today it will be legal to trade in rhino horn in South Africa after the High Court in Pretoria this morning set aside government’s 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, with those supporting the move arguing it is the only way to prevent the otherwise-inevitable extinction of the animals.

Judge Francis Legodi read out his court order in less than five minutes before handing down his 37-page judgment in the application by Malelane game farmer John Hume and Limpopo farmer Johan Kruger. Although government is expected to appeal the ruling, Hume said he hopes ‘sanity would prevail’.”

Full story here.

Be sure to get your copy of The Citizen on November 27 for our comprehensive coverage of this thorny issue.

At the end of the day, it is the rhino that will either benefit or suffer. Below are some videos to bring home the reality of the war we are losing to merciless poachers.

These are videos on YouTube that make up just the tip of the iceberg. We have refrained from loading videos that show the carnage in a way so gruesome it would make anyone sick. But browse the videos below in order to get an understanding of just WHY the ruling today is so important. Either it is the right thing or it is the wrong thing. Below makes it clear what is at stake.

These videos are also available in our multimedia section. Just scroll down the home page.

Some of these videos contain images which some viewers may find disturbing.

Source: Albina Hume

WARNING: THE NEXT VIDEO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS

Source: CCTV+

Source: Animal Planet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrSxJHmal4

Source: NTDTV

Be sure to get your copy of The Citizen on November 27 for our comprehensive coverage of this thorny issue.