18-year sentence handed down to rhino poacher

A man tried and convicted of poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, was handed down an 18-year prison sentence at Liwonde Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 October, setting a new precedent in the punishment for wildlife crime in the country. Two accomplices were also given long-term sentences of 10 and eight years each. The black rhinoceros was discovered poached by rangers on 13 July in Liwonde National Park, which has been managed by African Parks, a conservation non-profit, since 2015 in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). After the carcass had been located, the…
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18-year sentence handed down to rhino poacher

South African Airways Cargo lifts the embargo placed on the hunting trophies of four selected species

23 July 2015, Johannesburg – South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) has reviewed and reversed its decision to place an embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies which was limited to rhino, elephant, tiger and lion.

The embargo was placed following incidents of false declarations and submission of falsified documentation for the shipment of some hunting trophies.  “As a responsible air transport service provider, we make an effort to ensure that our business is in harmony with government policy, compliant with international protocols and that the operational decisions we make must advance the interests of the company. Embargoes are…
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SAA CARGO Places Embargo on Selected Endangered Species

SAA Cargo has issued a Policy and Procedures Advisory to its internal stakeholders advising of the embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies, which is limited to rhino, elephant, tiger and lion.

In the past, SAA Cargo has experienced the problem of shipments containing hunting trophies being misdeclared and fined in a foreign country. In April this year, a shipment lodged as machinery spare parts was discovered in Australia while in transit to Kuala Lumpur. The shipment contained elephant tusks and SAA Cargo was issued with a Notice of Seizure. “We had to act swiftly to resolve the problem,” says…
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Thandi’s Story of Hope

On the March 2, 2012, three rhinos were poached in the most brutal and horrific manner at Kariega Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, adding yet another statistic to the increasing number of these magnificent animals being so senselessly slaughtered for their horns. The difference between this attack and others was the indomitable spirit of a female rhino called Thandi, a veterinarian who refused to give in to what appeared to be the inevitable, and the management of Kariega Reserve who were so passionate about their rhinos.

Through the herculean efforts of veterinarian Dr William Fowlds and his…
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Thandi’s Story of Hope