03 May '11, 9pm

Rhino Poachers Get Thirteen Years in Prison

The false notion that rhino horn contains medicinal chemicals has driven demand for it beyond reason, so, tragically, rhino poaching continues and is even increasing in some parts of Africa. In the 1980s there may have been about 1,500 rhinos in the Zimbabwe area, but now they are down to just 440, and those are being illegally killed each year for their horns. Combine that trend with the fact that some local people generally don’t care about the rhinos, and you have a recipe for a potential extinction. The magistrate who gave the thirteen-year sentences did so in part as a statement to poachers and potential poachers that they will face significant prison time. Some would argue thirteen years is not enough, however.

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/rhino-poachers-get-thirt...

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