2014, a real rhino-slaughtering bonanza in South Africa

  • By ELI
  • January 23, 2015

With 100 killed every month, South Africa records worst year. Corruption, internal institutional strife and judicial delays in key prosecutions are cited as the main reasons for the unchecked poaching in South Africa. South Africa has desisted from joining the “London Declaration”, an international pledge to take action made in February 2014 by countries directly impacted by the global poaching crisis. The Kruger National Park, home to the country’s largest rhino population has been particularly severely hit: a staggering 827 rhinos were poached there in 2014. The huge 20,000 km park has open borders with neighboring Mozambique, from where poaching syndicates operate with little fear of arrest or prosecution from Mozambican authorities. However, several Kruger park rangers were arrested last year in connection with poaching incidents inside the park. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rhino-poaching-2014-100-killed-every-month-south-africa-records-worst-year-1484745 Photo: AFP

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