Poaching In Africa

Here in America we hear of people going to prison for a number of reasons but rarely do we hear of  someone going due to killing animals. I would hate to be in the shoes of Geasson Corsa and Ali Nkuna, who just got sentenced to 29 years in jail for trespassing, being in possession of hunting rifles and ammunition, and poaching a rhino and its calf. This is because Corsa and Nkuna like in South Africa and they take poaching VERY seriously. Corsa and Nkuna’s conviction follows the 18 and 10 year sentence given the two poacher on August 16th. The magistrate there in Africa made a statement saying that these sentences are a deterrent to other would-be poachers.

Since the beginning of this year, 251 rhinos have been poached in South Africa alone. There has also been 170 arrests made of which 147 were poachers, 10 were receivers/carriers, 6 buyers and 7 exporters.

South Africa is home to roughly 20,000 rhinos but the country has seen a devastating increase in poaching in these past couple of years due to the black markets demand for rhino horns.

But rhinos aren’t the only animals in Africa thar are in danger. The country is in the middle of what the media calls “an epic elephant slaughter”.  

Poachers are killing more elephants now than at any point in the last 20 years. The reason is due to the price of ivory going to about $1,000 per pound. Many of the elephants are being killed in remote places in Africa, so it’s hard to really know how many are gone. But they can count the amount of seized ivory, and last years poachers seized nearly 40 tons, which represents more than 4,000 elephants.

The way poaching is covered in Africa is covered in the media is way different from in America. There are actually certain U.S media outlets like the New York Times and the Huffington Post who covers the poaching problems in Africa.(Here is a link)    New York Times photos

There are also certain organizations, like WWF, that have press releases like this one: WWF Press Release

This one is about how gorillas in Congo are on high alert for endangerment: Huffington Post

Here is a video report done by the BBC on elephant poaching . It gives details about how China is entwined with poaching in Africa: BBC

Poaching in Africa is a very serious threat to their environment and the media, especially here recently are shining a heavy spotlight on it.

By:Abigail Tackett

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