SOUTH AFRICANS ARE URGED TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF POACHING AND TIP-OFFS TO THE ANONYMOUS TIP-OFF LINES 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 OR CRIME-LINE ON 32211.
It is horrific, unjustifiable and the suffering involved for the animals is horrendous. The National Council of SPCAs adds our voice of condemnation and we support the sentiments of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa as quoted below:-
"I would like to express my dismay and strong condemnation of the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching in our country. This ongoing poaching of our rhino population is a source for great concern to government and the various stakeholders. It requires of us all as a collective to take drastic measures to help combat it."
"I would like to assure you that the government of South Africa views the illegal killing of this national treasure in a very serious light and will continue to prioritise our fight against this crime jointly with our law enforcement agencies. We will continue to implement the various initiatives highlighted last year, while putting in place added measures to address this matter."
Horrific as rhino poaching is, we must not lose sight of the fact that other animals are poached. We unreservedly condemn this heartless activity which affects so many species, all of which are our national treasures. Every animal is a sentient being.
As at the end of April 2016, 363 rhinos have already been poached in South Africa.
Updated: 13 May 2016