Rhino poaching on the rise worldwide: Study
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 21:10
New Delhi: Fuelled by Asian demand for rhino horns, the poaching of the endangered animal worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by a leading international conservation organisation.

The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, said the report by Traffic and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Since 2006, a majority (95 per cent) of poaching cases in Africa has occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to the new data.

"These two nations collectively form the epicentre of an unrelenting poaching crisis in southern Africa," said Tom Milliken of Traffic, according to a statement here.

The report, which was submitted to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ahead of its 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) in March, documents a decline in law enforcement effectiveness and an increase in poaching intensity in Africa.

The situation is most serious in Zimbabwe where rhino numbers are declining and the conviction rate for rhino poaching crimes is only three percent. Despite introduction of a number of new measures, poaching and illicit horn trade in South Africa has also increased.

"Concerted action at the highest level is needed to stop this global crisis of rampant rhino poaching," said Amanda Nickson, Director of the Species Programme at WWF International.


First Published: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 21:10

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