Poachers killed since the beginning of the year 262 rhino in South Africa — WWF

Animal lovers say about 262 cases of killings of rhinos in South Africa since the beginning of this year, last year, poachers have killed a record 448 individuals, said the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

"Horny" smuggling

"Despite the fact that the number of arrests in South Africa traffickers horned rhino poachers and grows, the number of horned giants killed in the region, is also increasing," — said in a statement.

It clarifies the WWF, the most active shoot poachers of rhinos in South Africa and Zimbabwe, followed by Kenya, Laos, Mozambique, Myanmar, Tanzania and Zambia trafficked goods to Vietnam and Thailand. End customers, more often, use rhino horn for the manufacture of drugs that supposedly can cure cancer.

As detailed in the report, WWF experts presented figures on the situation with the killings of rhinos, tigers and elephants in a report published on its website.

Analysts WWF in a report was given to countries of Asia and Africa, certain colors, depending on the number of assassinations of such rare animals like rhinos, tigers and elephants. Countries receiving flowers on three parameters: the killing of animals, the transit of contraband smuggling final buyer. "Red" color represents the most severe situation with illegal exploitation of animals, followed by the "yellow" and "green" color is assigned to countries that managed to be successful in the fight against poaching.

According to the report, WWF awarded the "red" and "yellow" status 23rd country, where, in the opinion, environmentalists, is marked by extremely high levels of poaching and smuggling.


As the report notes, "distinguished" Shooting an Elephant, Cameroon, Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo. Laos, Mozambique and Myanmar are the most common channels to carry tusks, and in Egypt, Thailand and most of the goods are sold.

Tigers often, according to animal rights, killed in Indonesia. The main consumer of "tiger" of smuggling in Vietnam, and there deliver the goods through Laos and Myanmar.

International experts said India and Nepal, as a country that could make a difference to the destruction of rare animals. So, in 2011, in Nepal there was not a single case of murder rhinos. Authorities of Nepal and India, the report says, managed to create a database on cases of poaching and effective monitoring of the animals.

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