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Militarised anti-poaching

Minister Molewa Department of Environmental Affairs By Email   24th October 2016   Dear Minister, RE: The rules of engagement in relation to poaching in the KNP and minimum sentences for those convicted of poaching. Now that the dust of the CITES meeting in Johannesburg has settled, it is a good time to review the […]

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Plan B needed to save rhinos

IN THE first four months of this year the rate at which rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park escalated by 20% compared to last year. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says 749 have been killed so far this year, 544 in the park. Roughly three rhino a day are slaughtered by well-armed poachers […]

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Changing the rules of engagement with regard to countering the poaching of rhino in SA

  2nd February 2015   The Honourable Ministers of Police, Defence and Veterans and Justice and Correctional services, RE: Changing the Rules of Engagement with regard to countering the poaching of rhino in SA We write to you at the request of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Edna Molewa, who concurs in our […]

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Herding cats

Session one of the long awaited Western Province Animal Summit has come and gone. So overwhelming was the response to invitations that the first session was devoted to issues concerning domestic animals only (it did not touch on farm animals though, for reasons which remain obscure). A second session for wild animals will follow on […]

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Excess domestic animals

The City of Cape Town is once again advertising ‘Grant in Aid’ funding for the removal of animal carcasses, but continues to refuse funding for animal sterilisation in disadvantaged areas. Mass animal sterilisation is the only permanent and fiscally responsible solution to domestic animal overpopulation and its attending consequences, which includes but is certainly not […]

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