31 Mar '17, 6pm

Zoo Poaching: Grim Reminder of Rhino Crisis | African Wildlife Foundation

Zoo Poaching: Grim Reminder of Rhino Crisis | African Wildlife Foundation

Thursday, March 9, 2017 Nairobi, Kenya Earlier this week, poachers reportedly broke into a zoo in Thoiry, France, killing a 4-year-old white rhinoceros and removing its horn. The following is a statement from Philip Muruthi, vice president for species protection at the African Wildlife Foundation, in response to the news. We are always horrified when poaching incidents occur, but that this killing took place in the protected, enclosed environment of a zoo only adds to the depravity of the situation. Unfortunately, this is the environment in which we currently exist, where criminal gangs stop at nothing—including breaking into a zoo—to profit from rhino horn. This incident underscores the emergency faced by rhino in the wild. And it should serve as a wake-up call to governments in both supply and demand countries that complacency about the illegal rhino horn trade is not an...

Full article: http://www.awf.org/news/zoo-poaching-grim-reminder-rhino-...

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