22 Sep '11, 9am

World Rhino Day - time to get tougher on poaching

World Rhino Day - time to get tougher on poaching 22 September 2011 To mark the second annual World Rhino Day, we’re joining people in rhinoceros range countries to say enough is enough - rampant illegal poaching is threatening the survival of several rhino species, and we're supporting strong measures to halt it. In South Africa, home to most of the world’s rhinos, officials have responded to the recent poaching crisis by increasing protection for the animals, and being stricter over prosecutions and sentencing for wildlife criminals. But we need to see the same commitment from countries in Asia, where consumer demand for rhino horn (based on the mistaken rumour that it can cure cancer) is fuelling illegal trade and encouraging the poachers. South Africa has lost at least 287 rhinos so far in 2011 alone, including 16 or more critically endangered black rhinos. Most of the...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?uNewsID=5260

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