Shoot to kill?

(This article was originally published in The Horn: Spring 2012. Author: Laura Adams, Office & Communications Manager, Save The Rhino)

Last year, Save the Rhino received an email from a concerned supporter after a comment on a well-known rhino conservation blog apparently ‘celebrated’ the death of five poachers, shot by rangers in South Africa. What were Save the Rhino’s views on the shooting, they asked? Is it ever OK to defend a policy that can mean the loss of human life in order to protect wildlife?

Save the Rhino’s position, and the policy adopted by most of the programmes that we support, is to shoot-to-kill only as a last act and in self-defence. Anti-poaching rangers must first do all they can to avoid this. In the event of a contact (a ranger meeting a poacher), it would be much more beneficial if they were caught and arrested, giving the opportunity to recover valuable information about who has commissioned them to turn to poaching, information about the supply chain, and smuggling routes. If a poacher fires – they virtually all carry guns these days – and endangers the ranger’s safety, then rangers may fire back, with the chance that lives may be lost in this exchange.

Shoot to kill is one of the most controversial issues facing rhino conservation

Many anti-poaching and monitoring programme staff in the field are armed but not all. Those protecting National Parks or Game Reserves usually are, while those protecting rhinos and other wildlife in conservancies (private or community-owned) are not. It’s a tough ask to face a poaching gang when all you possess is a torch, a phone and a GPS. Some rhino holders are applying for Police Reservist status, which would allow named individuals to bear arms; others have come to arrangements with local police forces or the government department to carry out joint patrols. Whoever is protecting the rhinos, is it morally acceptable to shoot to kill?

Very occasionally, shoot-to-kill is not only tolerated but encouraged, as a way of sending a very clear signal to poaching gangs, and rewarding the bravery of the rhinos’ protectors. In Kaziranga National Park, India, forest guards receive a cash bonus to their salary if they successfully wound and kill a poacher. This stance has affected funding; indeed this policy caused the BBC Wildlife Fund to pull out of planned funding for the programme a couple of years ago.

Furthermore, in Kaziranga the forest guards will not be prosecuted for shooting a poacher, whether in self-defence or as a pro-active ambush or attack. The issue of indemnity for armed wildlife guards is an important one for many field programmes, whose staff risk being caught up in lengthy court cases and even prison, while acting in the line of duty.

Protecting rhinos endangers lives. Mohammad Hasen Ali, a ranger at Rajiv Many anti-poaching teams are armedGandhi Orang National Park in Assam, India was fatally wounded when apprehending a poacher and declared dead on arrival at the nearest medical centre. His family received $2,000 in compensation. Conversely, a Zambian poacher has just been killed, one of a group of three armed poachers who resisted arrest and shot at rangers in Tshakabika, Sinamatella in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. There are casualties on both sides.

In South Africa, 232 suspected poachers were arrested in 2011. But of these how many will actually end up being sentenced? Why we don’t hear of more poachers going to prison, and why is it so hard to convict a poacher?

  • The disparity between sentencing in different countries is great. The law in many countries does not assign long prison sentences to wildlife crime. In Zambia, possession of rhino horn or a conviction of poaching can receive a sentence of 20 years, while in Kenya, the penalty for poaching is simply a fine (and a relatively low fine at that) 
  • Even where tough laws do exist, for a criminal case, it is difficult to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that a poacher is guilty. To do so would require DNA analysis linking the rhino carcass, the horn and the poacher. Too often, the expertise is not available for this type of sophisticated analysis. Even in South Africa, where this facility is available, many poachers are currently awaiting trial dates, and appeals have been sent out for more evidence from the public to complete these prosecutions. If a poacher is apprehended before an attack, there is very little to prove, except armed trespass

There is general frustration about the prosecution of rhino poachers. It is important to build the political will to ensure that prison sentences are given. Time and time again, poachers are acquitted at trial. If this is the case, then legal measures to crack down on poaching are not working. Poachers who do not receive a prison sentence are free to return to national parks and poach more rhino.

The highly organised nature of poaching syndicates means that the poacher ‘on the ground’ is doing the dirty work, but somewhere much higher up the chain is a criminal gang, very literally, calling the shots. This makes convicting poaching offences harder, and means that killing a poacher will achieve very little in terms of reducing the number of poaching incidents. Syndicates can easily find another person willing to take the risk and shoot a rhino. And that puts those who protect the rhinos in an unenviable position.

 

Photo credits: Tony Fitzjohn, Steve Robbins

(130) Comments

  • bobb langland
    15 December 2012, 06:02

    The time has come to extend extraordinary measures to ensure that our animal population is allowed to exist in the manner in which they were intended before man came along and ruthlessly exploited them. I wholeheartedly agree with predjudicial actions against any person or entity that would strive to profit from the further depletion of our declining animal population. I also include property developers that love to develop properties to allow people to "commune" with nature, and then when these people actually meet the animals that inhabit these areas, find that they are "dangerous", and want them eliminated so that they feel "safe".

  • Anonymous commenter
    06 February 2013, 21:52

    The only good poacher is a dead one. Better still, start with the scumbags who like their ivory and rhino horn trinkets.

  • Anonymous commenter
    13 February 2013, 07:33

    death sentance must come back for poachers

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 February 2013, 21:33

    If something isn't done then Rhinos will become extinct. Then what will the Chinese do? Poachers should be shot..simple as that or do we just accept almost 600 rhinos killed in 2012 acceptable.

    Death to all poachers.

  • Edgar Friendly
    04 March 2013, 22:42

    Poachers should be flayed alive and then shot. I would volenteer to do this for free.
    They are the scum of the earth. I am ashamed to belong to the same species as these c***ts.

  • Anonymous commenter
    11 March 2013, 22:59

    I support killing the poachers. These brave people who risk their lives to kill these poachers are god in my eyes.

  • gini
    14 March 2013, 20:36

    What is the BEST thing we can do for the Rhino ? IMO,
    Get to the TOP of this criminal Gang ! That is how to put an end to this for good! We have to eliminate the demand -
    Those at the top of this horrific crime care about MONEY , they do NOT care about the poachers, and they have other poachers ready to poach if we kill them off !
    Sometimes it is not possible, but when a poacher Can be caught, get him to Talk , get the info on these Gangs calling the shots THEN give the poacher the death penalty! YES, they deserve the death penalty,
    -otherwise, more poachers will be sent out , like said in the article above.
    Of course these poachers deserve to die, but SO do ALL those in the Criminal gang behind the scenes!
    First, FORCE Them to speak out ALL they know! then fry them!

  • Anonymous commenter
    20 March 2013, 01:21

    Shoot every one if those bastards who kill and buy ivory.

  • Anonymous commenter
    21 March 2013, 14:25

    I support the immediate execution of both rhinoceros and elephant poachers. It may not be the most effective method of combating criminal ivory trading syndicates. It is, however, a punishment fitting for any human being who commits the heinous act of murdering a sentient, loving animal. When the killing is followed by the act of ivory removal, a bestial, desecrating process, it only further solidifies in my mind that these people lack the respect for any form of life, to deserve life for themselves.

  • Anonymous commenter
    22 March 2013, 04:30

    After watching Battleground: Rhino Wars on Animal Planet, I was curious to the punishment received when caught poaching. It is horrible to see most get let go with a slap on the wrist and return to poach again. If they are caught poaching they should be shot, period! What makes humans so fricking important compared to other living things. The human race is the biggest parasite ever to live on earth.There are too many idiots in this world. If everyone had the opinion of most posters commenting here, the world would be a much better place. Too bad animals can't poach stupid humans.

  • John
    24 March 2013, 20:38

    Hunting Rhinos, Tigers dolphins whales and any other animals who abide by mother nature and do not stamp their injustice upon the earth should carry the death sentence. When I look into my animals eyes I see an honesty and trust you will never experience from a human. I am sickened to be a human being and would gladly permanently remove all poachers from the planet which I am perfectly equipped to do with or without weapons. We are the single most unpleasant parasite on this planet, make no mistake I would kill you all to save one tiger.

  • Anonymous commenter
    05 April 2013, 02:00

    Why on Earth would ANYONE NOT SUPPORT the killing of poachers by these poacher-hunters? Why would anyone CRY over it???

  • MIke
    11 April 2013, 19:02

    If sentencing poachers is so difficult surely shoot to kill is the best option? The ultimate sacrifice may be the best deterrent.

  • Anonymous commenter
    15 April 2013, 18:00

    The charge is genocide, and the penalty.... you know what it is

    Shame on all corrupted judges and officials they should also be punished

  • Greg
    16 April 2013, 12:27

    Poachers deserve to die, there's no two ways about it, shoot them on the spot, saves the long drawn out court cases that fail to deliver justice.

  • Anonymous commenter
    25 April 2013, 12:35

    I'm doing a project on anti poaching efforts and I have to say I would rather die than be forced to poach, even with all the monney they get out of it!

  • Anonymous commenter
    30 April 2013, 11:38

    Poachers from Mocambique , Zimbabwe and any one of these countries that send poachers to our parks , should be tortured to the extreme them Cut Off their Genitals send one in 5 back to spread the word then shoot all poachers like Rabid Dogs they are , let South Africa be the worst place in the Continent to Poach anything Get the message out pay bonusses to the rangers for every dead Poacher. I will hunt then down for Free and so Should every citizen shoot the bastardos on site on every farm that protects Rhinos and Wild life with full backing of our legal System and every South African should be out to protect our precious endangered Species . Good Citizen

  • Anonymous commenter
    02 May 2013, 04:38

    Are they hiring? I won't even hit a guy if I can avoid it, but I'd kill poachers for subsistence wages.

  • Nicholas Graham
    09 May 2013, 19:04

    I, too, am wondering if any of these wild life ranger positions are available? I'd volunteer to shoot poachers and take down these criminal enterprises pillaging our world. Sounds right up my alley!

  • RJC
    10 May 2013, 16:12

    I for one, volunteer to track down, bind and return the poachers to a tribunal for the purpose of information extraction. I would then be happy to execute the poacher. A sure way to stop the poaching is to target the poachers assets and if need be, family members. If we are to save the animals, we must be willing to do whatever is required.
    1. Establish a task force of ex-special forces who are willing to track and kill poachers. Arm them and supply them as required.
    2. Pay the task force members for their services based upon a head count.
    3. Use the media to inform poachers what their fate will be at the hands of the special ops task force.
    4. Watch the rhino, elephant and tiger population rebound
    It is that easy. Anything less will only forestall the inevitable end of the animals.

  • Larni
    16 May 2013, 01:31

    RJC.....You must've read my post earlier this year.....I'm with anyone who believes in the most vicious and extreme measures to get the rot out of the communities that harbour, fail to report and simply ignore poachers in thei midst....catch the poachers, take them "home" kick everbody's arse, kill the shit and the keep doing it!!! Forget the top dogs in the syndicates....we'll never get there, just keep cutting them off at the knees, over and over and over.........

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 May 2013, 02:35

    Those heartless poachers do indeed deserve to be executed. Elephant and rhino populations deserve to be abundant along with all the other animal species that are endangered. Poachers are an abominable species of human beings that should become extinct! I think any animal lover would agree that poachers are unwanted piles of cancer and they do indeed need to be wiped out. So that endangered animals can once again repopulate and live in their deserved harmony.

  • Anonymous commenter
    21 May 2013, 19:24

    Yes!! I send hundreds of monies every year to WWF, AWF and STE... they're great at cataloging the deaths of Elephants and Rhinos. They meet with CITES and other organizations to no avail. They're well intended but unfortunately, ineffective do-gooders. They hope to "re-educate" the Chinese... I wish they were more effective. We don't need studying & re-education-- we need dead poachers! Where can I send my money to the anti-poaching mercenaries?

  • Anonymous commenter
    23 May 2013, 03:37

    Of course it's right to shoot to kill. There are billions of humans on this planet, but less than 17,000 white rhinos left, and 3,000 black rhinos (these are the 2 African species.) What does it matter if a few more humans fall to a gun if they were doing wrong? I'm sorry, but the rhinos have to take priority in this instance. That being said, guards should not shoot to kill without reason, but in general, humanity has had its era of selfishness and domination. Now, as we realize just what harm we have inflicted upon the world, we absolutely need to do all we can to restore order, even if that means killing our own in the process.

  • J. P. Quarles
    24 May 2013, 04:13

    Yes, kill all the bastards who poach. But FIRST get the name(s) of the scum bags who sent 'em. And, too, I think it would be wise to get the Chinese OUT OF AFRICA because the ONLY reason they're there is to exploit the natural resources, including rhino and other species and to mine the earth until she has nothing left to mine. The "help" they give Africans is minimal compared the devastation they are leaving behind. Trade agreements between Africans & Chinese? I think not.

  • Max
    28 May 2013, 13:11

    I have unfortunately READ all your ANGry COMMENTS concerning Poachers, GREAT!! So may someone please tell Me WHY are we all upset with RHINO POACHERS? these poachers live on $2 a day (as SAD as it is, i can understand their temptation where they have families to feed.) If a SNAKE BItes You on a repeditive basis Do you keep chopping off itsTAIL? of course not!! (becuase we all know as anyone whose familiar with Snakes knows he'll Grow another one) THE Snakes HEAD MUST TO BE REMOVED AT ALL COSTS your PROBLEM is NOW SOLVED! The CHInese, {not all} (and other Wealthy SCUM) ARISTOCRATS and Oligarchs will continue to FUND this UNGODLY practice for this so-called Herbal remedy they USE FOR HEALING AND CURES.Why dont we take the Inititive and start FUNDING the Practise or Harvestation of PANDA EARS or their Heads?( We the FEW, the Considerate.have an OBLIGATION to NATURE and our FUTURE OFFSPRING that will INHERIT this BEAUTIFUL PLANET with all it has to offer, TO PROTECT IT and all its SPECIES GREAT AND SMALL. ESPECIALLY the GReat RHino.beginning with GLOBAL MEDIA AWareness. (Sanctioning African Governments that accept Bribes,DEMONSTRATIONS at GREAT Portland street CHINA's EMBASSY LONDON on a Continuous basis. till they get the MESSAGE! ADdress HRH Prince Charles. as he is a DEVOUTt Supporter of Saving the Great RHINO. Organise a Global Covert Team with serving/civilian and retired members of the Military and Intelligence Communities. with a capable Etraction Team to enter any Country and remove those responsible for the atrocities and make them accountable.

  • E. Fourie
    29 May 2013, 10:54

    Referring to the comments under the heading "Shoot to Kill" and in particular I quote " If a poacher is apprehended before an attack......" I would mention that apart from "armed trespass" the poacher would more than likely be guilty of possession of an unlicensed firearm and, under the circumstances, be subjected to a healthy imprisonment sentence in terms of Act 75/1969.

  • sig
    14 June 2013, 03:05

    Poachers are very inhumane bloody no mercy animals killers. They surround the whole herd of elephants and start blasting them with shouts, joy and euphoria. Do you know how extreme psychological trauma is caused to a baby elephant/rhino to witnessed such tragedy (if they survived the massacre) against its mother / protector.
    Also, these poachers are well organised with international networking ring, not to mentioned their financial strength to corrupt officials or to better armed their honchos.
    God blessed human with intelligent and compassion so we can take care of these beautiful creatures of His creation on earth. If we allowed such extreme suffering and killing onto them, the sins is upon all of us for doing nothing while they bled, mutilated and suffered in such bloody horrors.
    Yes, for a developing country such as Africa (which some are still backwards), Shoot To Kill Policy is needed to mitigate these bunch of rogue bloody merchants for now. This may sound cruel, inhuman, no human rights, etc. but somewhere along the line, the poaching must be stop.
    The park rangers must be well equipped, trained, and serve with high professionalism. Their career in this path must be enforced with better welfare and salary scale based on their merit. Only the specially selected /recommended candidates will filtered strictly by the appointed house of selection committee.
    End of the day, sincere, honest and consistent political will among the noble lawmakers to end such crime will finally sealed the fate of the poachers. Act fast as the clock is ticking.

  • Anonymous commenter
    17 June 2013, 21:25

    Not only are Elephants, Rhinos and other Animals killed! So are the Rangers! They are the fighters! Trying their best to protect wildlife! In the last decade more than 100,000 Elephants gunned down, Rhinos have become extinct in some parts of Africa and 1000 Rangers killed!

    POACHERS get released if they are bailed wtf is that?! Shoot them! We should be able to raise funds for better equipement for the rangers!

    These poachers have night vision goggles, phones, Ak47s dropped down by helicopters and mostly kill an entire family of elephants from the sky!

    So angry! These poachers deserve to be shot, shot!

    Also don't forget Rangers are just as poor as the Poachers so it shows that it's a choice! It's about do you kill because it's easy or do you go against that and do what is right?!

    We all deserve to live peacefully and yes die when it's our time but not for greed! Pregnant mothers dying with their young! These animals can live up to 70 instead gunned around 15- 30! Total injustice!!!!

    We have to stand up for them!!! and sign the petition to stop all ivory at iworry.org

  • anonymosly
    18 June 2013, 15:41

    have you people even seen the horrible traps that poachers put for the animals, giving them a painfull death. They should be shot and killed immideately, rather than letting the animals pay.

  • Pondo LukaBhejani
    26 June 2013, 08:46

    Why is Professional hunting of the Rhino allowed ? How is in the majority in the professional poaching trade ? Why kill a poacher and at the same time allow Rhino Professional Hunting. Poachers cruel kill rhinos and so does professional hunters. The Whiteman is a Professional Hunter and the Blackman a poacher. Does the professional poached (from the rhino) horn not sold to the same people who buy poached horns. Clear the fire and not the smoke or the rhino will be extinct.

  • Cathy Dean
    27 June 2013, 09:53

    Pondo, there are very major differences between legitimate trophy hunters (I am excluding pseudo hunters) and poachers. Here are the three most important ones:
    1. Poachers will shoot any rhino, even a pregnant female, which means that the 7 or 8 calves a cow whould normally bear in her lifetime will not be born, thus reducing future growth. Trophy hunters target only males, often post-reproductive or those that have killed other bulls by fighting
    2. Money from trophy hunting is reinvested in the game farm, which employs local staff etc. Money from poaching goes to criminal syndicates, which also frequently trade in drugs and arms, and has been used to fund terrorist activities.
    3. Trophy hunters hang their trophies on their walls; they don't illegally sell them to criminal syndicates.
    Finally, I don't agree with your distinction between white and black people's role in rhino poaching - or rhino conservation for that matter.

  • Pondo LukaBhenjani
    27 June 2013, 11:14

    Cathy dean thanks a lot for your very informative and objective statements. Are there mechanism in place to monitor Trophy Hunters that the horns are not sold to the illegal syndicates. The other problem is that Rhino Conservations is like an EXCLUSIVE CLUB for a certain race. The Campaign must be all inclusive. As long as we don't work as one race in this problem of Rhino Poaching will never stop. Dehorning also give suspicion the horns are sold illegal by farmers without Government knowledge. Shoot to kill the Poacher is not the solution. In the long run poachers will end up working hand in hand with farm guards and rangers as they are all from the disadvantaged population to poach. This is happening because rangers live in the same communities with poachers. There must be a clear Policy on how the Communities benefit from this Conservation from the farmers.

  • Cathy Dean
    28 June 2013, 10:52

    Pondo, thanks in turn for yours.
    The international movement of rhino horn (and other wildlife products from endangered species) is regulated by CITES - the Convention on the International Trade in Fauna and Flora. At present, all sales of modern (post 1947) rhino horn are illegal. Antique rhino horns (older than 1947) are subject to different laws, which vary from country to country: for example, the UK has banned all exports of rhino horn unless they are verified Chinese libation cups (18th or 19th century generally) that are going to known museums and galleries.
    You ask a good question, in that not all countries' CITES offices check that trophy mounts remain hanging on a trophy hunters' wall, and this is why South Africa changed its rules last year on allowing so-called hunters from Vietnamto come and hunt rhinos in South Africa.
    All of the field programmes we work with in Africa (and Asia) employ, train and build capacity for local people, many if not most of whom are black Kenyans / Zimbabweans / Namibians South Africans etc., though we have not conducted an ethnic origin profiling exercise so I can't give you exact details. We also support environmental education programmes in Mkomazi and Zambia, whose audiences are 100% black schoolchildren.
    I am therefore not comfortable with your contention that conservation is exclusive on the basis of race.
    Cathy Dean, Director, Save the Rhino International

  • Anonymous commenter
    12 July 2013, 13:34

    Kill all of those idiot poachers. Shoot to kill FTW... in this case.

  • INDODA ENGAZIWAYO
    24 July 2013, 11:34

    Cathy l value your imense contribution is saving wildlife. You have however amongst your Safari collegues who are now pushing our communities to the limit with ths so called 'Shoot to kill".

    The send their recruit Ranger to our Communities enticing the unemployed youths to go to the Conservation Safaris and poach and in turn they waylay them and shoot them dead.

    The Spy Ranger will visit our Community and introduce himself as a Ranger who has knowledge of the patrolling routines in the Conservation and at the same time as having a prospective rhino horn Buyer. Unemployed youths are promised US$ windfall and poaching protection.

    The youths are given hunting firearms, routes to take and the actual time to go into the farm. The Rangers and their Managers will they lay an ambush and shoot the enticed poachers. At time the Spy Ranger uses mobile phones with the enticed poachers to led them into the trap.

    Cathy Dean as Director of Save the Rhino .... this is happening Tawla Conservation in Beit Bridge, Matabeleland South region in Zimbabwe.

    May you are a matter of urgency rein in your guys. Revenge killings are very imminent. This is satanic acts. If you post your email l will happily contact you

  • Ranger Dave
    10 August 2013, 00:04

    As an ex anti-poaching operative, I have seen a great deal. I have seen the bloody deaths of not only animals, but friends as well. The shoot to kill order is all very well, but pulling the trigger yourself in another. We always tried to take suspects alive and into custody, but it was not always as easy as it seemed. The "shoot to kill" mind set is all very well, but the poachers knowing that, might lead to less willingful surrenders. But i still believe ranger should have the option. I for one, have had enough of it though. There is no dignity in death, the loosening of a corpse's bowels and the regret that follows. I served my country's wildlife well, and I am proud. But I emplore the people commenting, think of the soldier on the ground fighting this silent war. To protect life is easy and noble, but to take it, even from an enemy stains your soul. Support these men, they give more than you will ever know. I salute the silent warriors in the background, fighting against a great evil. My heart travels with you.

  • Thabo Muroro
    12 August 2013, 18:21

    Pondo LukaBhenjani
    Pondo, it is because the majority of poachers think the way you think. Uneducated of the systems in place to "regulate" hunting under controlled conditions and to differentiate between legal and illegal hunting as per definition by LAW. Poachers apart from the fact that they claim they hunt because they are hungry, violate laws and regulating systems and mutilate in the most barbaric way their kill, just to leave the food behind. Nothing stands in any black mans way to complete a PH course and apply for a concession to hunt the specific quota of game determined by the government and I cant see why a white man will come off better being caught poaching than a black man. African countries is governed by black people and they make the laws now, mostly in favor of blacks. You are right, there is a massive difference between moral values between black and white, but you don't know it.
    Strangely, it is for some-one like yourself always a black white political outcome. Is it going to be any better if all whites are gone?

  • Anonymous commenter
    05 October 2013, 19:23

    I think that all the countries that have a poaching problem should try to come together and figure out a way to have laws that work for all of them, but still give a strong message to the poachers that if they hunt wild animals, then they will suffer the punishment, no matter what country they are in.
    They learn from each other of how strong or weak a countries laws are against poaching.
    I don't like poachers, but I wouldn't kill them, because if I did, I would be sinking down to their level. They may not be unarmed, but either way it's still murder. No matter what way you look at it.

  • Anonymous commenter
    08 October 2013, 23:06

    poachers need to be treated as felons and their lasts words heard should be....turn around, get on your knees and bow yer head.

  • Craig
    12 October 2013, 09:52

    It's a pity there aren't organised holidays where you go and hunt poachers.

  • Anonymous commenter
    14 October 2013, 20:31

    Do anti-poaching organizations have drones in the air? Thermal cameras? or any way new-age military technology at their disposal. If not, how can we get them the latest and greatest stuff to help them hunt these people down.

  • Anonymous commenter
    15 October 2013, 16:33

    They don't deserve to live. It's not going to stop the demand but it could help discouraging people who are thinking of becoming poachers. The situation is so extreme that the measures need to be too. I don't care if they are uneducated and poor, I would starve myself to death rather than killing animals in danger of extinction.

  • Anonymous commenter
    23 October 2013, 09:28

    Cut the noses off all rhino poachers to show the world what they have done to the rhino

  • Anonymous commenter
    23 October 2013, 09:45

    I would like to be part of the team thats in the field putting there lives in danger to safe one of the Big 5 annimals of South Africa.... If anyone know how i can do what i whant to email me at riaanbotha57@gmail.com

  • Anonymous commenter
    27 October 2013, 17:48

    kill poachers

  • Anonymous commenter
    29 October 2013, 03:13

    We must do some crownfunding to buy weapons against poachers.

  • brian groves
    05 November 2013, 12:40

    All poachers should be shot. if they know its wrong, they know its cruel, they know there is a death sentence..........would it stop them? from the evidence it doesnt seem likely, but that isnt my point. also, there has to be a proper jail sentence.not a slight fine and a smack on the wrist. in an ideal world poachers cut a rhimos horn off.....=.....poachers lose their arm sounds good to me. :) you will never stop poachers, the pay for a poacher is too good, the pay for a ranger isnt. is re educating the poachers to become rangers working? no! its all about money. so if its all about money, then we have to put all our efforts into making the elephants tusks and rhino horns worthless..........maybe a permanent staining dye? maybe de-horning? i dont know? maybe getting the u.n. to have a word with china and the rest of the idiots that still believe in the "magical" powers of rhino horn . we will still be having this conversation in 20 yrs time...........as i say, my view is get tough on the poachers and go up the chain of command.......and shoot the lot of them.

  • Anonymous commenter
    14 November 2013, 00:42

    Poachers are senseless, cruel bastards who kill everything they could get money for! They're greedy, senseless murderers, why should they be let to live from killing critically endangered species? They are depleting the population of good, kind creatures who are doing nothing to them! Rhino horns are not medicine retard poachers.

  • Anonymous commenter
    15 November 2013, 05:03

    While all poachers must be shot (on site, summarily without any fanfare or debate), equally venomous are the Asians who fuel the demand because of their absurd superstitions.

    They need to start aggressively pursuing- and executing- the Chinamen who fund this nonsense. Will extreme measures stop poaching all together? Sadly, no. There's always someone dumb and/or reckless enough to risk their lives for money but making the profession incredibly dangerous with the worst possible consequences will do a lot to slow the unimpeded flow of poached ivory into the Orient that exists today. The solution to this problem is governments cracking down on buyers and sellers alike.

  • Justin
    26 November 2013, 21:29

    I would volunteer to fight for animals . We should Sell the poachers remains as a trophy maybe add some incentive for eliminating anyone who tries to kill an animal completely frivolous reasons. Let's create a market in the rhinos favor

  • Peter
    02 December 2013, 10:31

    'Shooting to Kill' poachers is the wrong answer to poaching.
    Believe me, my stomach turns every day, witnessing and hearing about how humans treat animals. It blows my mind how satanic humans can be and to which levels of horror some go to make a buck. My immediate reaction is to retaliate with force. But as with many other processes in nature, things will balance out. Poachers force will increase too and it turns into a spiral of increased violence and suffering. Instead, use cunning and use their force to neutralise them, like in martial arts.

    A dead poacher can no longer be used. There are two ways to 'use' a poacher.
    1. engage the Intelligence Forces to track down the upchain
    2. capture poachers alive and offer them a better salary to protect wildlife and prevent poaching, waiving prosecution. Poachers often have excellent knowledge of the bush (related to poaching). This method (using the criminals to fight the criminals) is successfully used worldwide in the IT world, fighting hackers and other IT fraud.

    At the end of the day, a poacher needs to eat as well. Why not offer him a 'safer' way to achieve this goal ?

  • Edgar Friendly
    28 December 2013, 18:34

    As I said before - poachers should be dealt with in the same way they as the rhinos have been by them. Shoot to kill and use the [deleted] as biomass - or a renewable source of energy. It is renewable as they keep on getting replaced by new ones. Believe me - we the Homo sapiens are the only species that resort to this form of unnecessary slaughter of innocent animals.
    I am sure I am not the only person who would volunteer or even pay to be given the chance to maim and kill these [deleted].
    A lot of the comments are so true about the demand for rhino horns and ivory from our eastern friends. I just don't understand how r3t4rded some people are into thinking that the powdered form of rhino horn is going to help them make their p£nis grow to a whole 2" !! or it will make them into a more manly man!

    This is so sickening.

  • Chrismari
    28 December 2013, 18:50

    So over this crap!
    Do to the poachers whatever they have done to the animal.
    Shoot them, cut their noses off.. they are useless humans!
    No loss to the human race!
    That is a clear message, I'd say..

  • Anon123
    30 December 2013, 21:59

    When I read and hear stories of the countless rhinos being butchered, I get so angered and can understand totally why people would want to kill the poachers. Even though what they are doing is inhumane and evil - to kill them though, is wrong and deep-down we know it. Two wrongs don't make a right. We have to be smart about how we will tackle this problem.

    We need to set up sting operations to track down the parties involved and try and cull the underground trade of rhino horn.

    Sending them to jail/prison won't help either as a lot of the prison/police officials are corrupt and are bribed easily [well documented fact].

    This may sound like a contradiction but we could chop off a hand or both as a clear message and then deport them. That way they keep their lives but are then unable to poach and they will have the rest of their lives to remember and repent for their mistake(s).

  • Degree7
    06 January 2014, 01:20

    They definitely need stricter laws on poaching. I was once lost for the difference between safari hunting and poaching. Now I know that poachers kill hundreds of endangered animals for their ivory and other valuable parts, leaving the rest of the animal to rot. Disgusting creatures.

  • TomS
    06 January 2014, 12:32

    We all want to save the rhinos. Will killing poachers save the rhino? I'm afraid I doubt it. With so many poor, ignorant and greedy people, combined with sky-high prices for rhino horn, this is unlikely to work. And the justice system often seems incapable of processing captured poachers to produce any effective deterrent. I suggest that we need to consider other strategies. I'm not a rhino expert, but here's a couple. Remove all rhino horns from all rhinos. Terrible, perhaps, but maybe this might stop the slaughter. And then another option would be to poison the horn in some way (careful not to poison the rhino!). This might have the great benefit of hitting the consumers of rhino horn, who seem to be so difficult to influence. A third option would be to flood the rhino horn supply chain (difficult, I'm sure, but not impossible) with bad tasting pseudo-horn (eg my ground up toe nails?), which would depress the price, and again hit the consumers of rhino horn. Just my thoughts..

  • Anonymous commenter
    07 January 2014, 15:50

    Last night they aired the plight of the African elephant on a nature conservation programme (50/50) on South African television. It was SO shocking/heart breaking to say the least! How conservationists manage to digest the slaughtering of african wildlife on a daily basis, I don't know.

    At the moment 36000 African elephants are poached in Africa every year and in some cases the poor animal isn't even dead before the poachers starts hacking away at it's tusks. Absolutely barbaric! What is wrong with the human race that we cannot seem to get a grip and responsibly look after this beautiful planet God entrusted unto us?

    From where I'm sitting, the situation seems so serious, that something drastic needs to be done ASAP. Can't the people of Africa somehow stand together for the sake of our beautiful continent and send all the Chinese back to China with the message that they are no longer welcome in Africa if they continue with the demand for rhino horn and ivory (which they mainly get illegally from Africa).

    Forget asking governments to help, because many of them are in bed with the Chinese government and seemingly want to do things diplomatically. This approach doesn't work with unethical people. It's no secret that the Chinese doesn't seem to care about the environment (have a look at the Anti China Facebook page and see what atrocious things they do to animals – be warned, not for the faint hearted).

    Ordinary Africans need to stand together and send all Chinese people back to China where they can pillage and destroy to their heart's content until there is nothing left to consume in their country. Surely there's ways and means of getting rid of them without resorting to violence. I'm sure there's a lot of beautiful ethical Chinese people out there, but I'm affraid the rotten apples spoils the lot for me. No more mister nice guy African people, let's take hands for the sake of Africa's wildlife who cannot fend for themselves – enough is enough!!!

  • Dan
    07 January 2014, 21:23

    Shoot to kill policy of poachers is justifable in all cases. The reason being: Human kind is in now way close to extinction, as opposed to the wildlife being poached, Humans can allways be replaced, the hunted species cannot come back, once hunted to extinction.

  • Anonymous commenter
    12 January 2014, 22:11

    I want to SCREAM my head off over the continued mass slaughter of elephants, rhinos, and tigers. I'm horrified and incensed by ALL OF IT. I'm 100% in agreement for the execution of ALL poachers. If it means the saving of even one animal, a big fat "do it", as the poachers don't serve any purpose other than destruction. I would gladly take part if given the opportunity.

  • Dennis Michaell Meaney
    14 January 2014, 01:56

    Poachers must be terminated with extreme prejudice.

  • Dejan
    15 January 2014, 04:10

    I am pro immediate execution of any individual caught killing animals for fun or monetary gain.

  • Anonymous commenter
    19 January 2014, 20:35

    Poachers are heartless arseholes who think its "Fun" to kill an endangered animal. They have a right to be extinct themselves.

  • CheifImagineer
    21 January 2014, 20:03

    I was trying to contact the African Delegation at the U. N., however no success. It is my understanding that "unmanned aircraft" are of interest in controlling poachers. Any suggestions as to who to contact?

  • Hercules du Preez
    25 January 2014, 09:48

    I am a Anti Poaching Ranger in South Africa, and working and being amoungst these rhino is life changing. It is like they know we are protecting them and we can get within 10,5m of them without them acting violently... These animals are our closest friends when out in the field, will you take a life to save your best friends life? In real life your friend can defend himself, not these rhino we are the only thing standing between them and death. If and when we come in contact with a poacher, we will respond with the same force as them.

  • ChiefImagineer
    27 January 2014, 04:27

    The last comment I made was asking about suggestions to contact who ever in African Government made the offer of $10,000 for a way to control poachers. Or possibly everyone are just long on words, and nothing on action.

  • Stan
    31 January 2014, 03:06

    Treat poaching as a game of chess. You will never win a game of chess using emotion, but only using intelligence. Poachers are toxic waste, but they are extremely intelligent, and one must respect and accept that. We must be more intelligent than them, and only then will we 'check' them. I can sit here writing how bad poachers are, but wildlife will still die. We must take away the product the poachers want, like what rhino rescue project is doing. I am planning of using indelible dye, like in banks, to devalue tiger skins - it will not stop poaching, but decrease profitabilty. We are in the 21st century, so we must use 21st century means. Poachers used cyanide to kill animals in Africa, thus, we must use hemicals that devalue animals but not harm wildlife. I have tested methods to devalue tiger skin and hopefully will test in India. If anyone is interested, please let me know on this website and I will set up email, and we can start the ball rolling.

  • Lenny McCoy
    05 February 2014, 17:08

    I completely agree that it is both necessary and justified to have a "shoot to kill" policy with poachers. The animals concerned are facing extinction and everything needs to be done to halt the slaughter.

  • Alan Day
    12 February 2014, 12:16

    All poachers and everyone connected with the ivory trade must be found and killed. The human race is in no danger of extinction, and we need to be ruthless in order to protect elephants and rhinos. If the total destruction of China would save endangered species I would say "Okay, lets wipe China off the face of the Earth!"

  • Paul
    12 February 2014, 16:58

    Anti poaching units should be trained to the highest standard. The following skills should be acquired: field craft, survival, tracking, navigation, (compass and map reading, GPS), animal behaviour, radio communications, weapons handling, ambushes, patrols, assault tactics, anti-poaching law. Patrol the borders and escort rhinos and herd of elephants in small groups. Small groups of anti-poaching units should be deployed two weeks on, two weeks off - rotating the units.
    Poachers should be caught and interrogated until they talk, exposing the chain higher up, then sentenced to life in prison or death. I'm going to join the anti poaching units to hunt these bastards down...

  • Jimmy
    14 February 2014, 09:35

    I can not believe this editorial this person wrote? How many human beings are there on this earth? I Don't know the exact figure but lets say a billion. What is the current Rhino and Elephant population? Possibly a thousand of each and this editor is protecting and I can't help but laugh at the irony, the rights of a human being poacher. Just look at this arrogance what is this world coming to Mind you I would be the first person to be in harms way to protect anything that cant defend itself.

  • JJKay
    15 February 2014, 07:59

    Death to all poachers. Why should retarded scum like that be allowed to dirty the face of this earth? Human life more valuable than wildlife? Hell no. Not in this case. See the big picture. Eradicate all poachers and scum that facilitate poaching, whilst simultaneously imprisoning all retards who sell and buy products made from Rhino horns, ivory, shark's fin etc. etc.

  • Neil
    18 February 2014, 00:03

    This is really bad and i want to do something to help, if anyone knows how i can join the anti poaching team then email me at mutha999@. Aol.com. The poachers are cowardly scum and make me sick. I just saw the clip on liveleak about the poor rhino that had its face cut off in order for the poachers to get its horn. It was still alive , really upsetting but cant imagine what pain the animal was going through. Do the same to the poachers.......

  • pete
    21 February 2014, 11:43

    Where can you donate to the cause of cutting these poaching organizations off at the knees? Lets get motivated people!!!!!

  • Anonymous commenter
    23 February 2014, 01:35

    Yes it is horrible what people will do to animals, but what about the millions of animals that are bred to be eaten, are they not worthy of our affection?

  • Hercules du Preez
    25 February 2014, 09:31

    I agree with Paul 100%, we need to be trained in all those mentioned above, now we're only getiing a few of the above training.

  • Mical
    28 February 2014, 09:33

    Burn every store selling ivory around the world. Organize groups that kill poachers and all other wildlife killing groups, i.e. whales, dolphins, etc. We need to fight for wildlife with the same conception as those killing for money. We start killing the little guy, the poachers, then work up the chain, we kill those selling, we kill all the way to the top. Then cut the head off. Let's do this!

  • Peter Bean
    01 March 2014, 12:14

    I feel so much better now that I have read all of the comments posted on your site. I have been trying to convince as many of our guests as possible that any person involved in any way with Poaching (especially Rhino) should be publicly executed, after being tortured. (No, I am not just saying that as another extremist bunny hugger, I mean it) I have three conditions I feel would go a long way to saving the Rhino. The execution of poachers is the first one. The second one is that ONLY people who own Rhino should be allowed to vote on any legal aspects regarding Rhino ownership etc. That would lead to the obvious and third conclusion that Rhino owners should be allowed to legally trade their "own" Rhino horn. A democracy is supposed to be guided by the majority of the population. So let us vote on the death penalty for poaching. There can only be one reason why the government does not stop the poaching and that is because they are directly benefiting from poaching. Who gets the money from fines? THE ANC. Who gets the horns that are "kept" as evidence? THE ANC. And who pays for the jail time and court procedures? you and I. And that is why you will not stop the poaching with current, pathetic first world laws in a third world country. I will guarantee you, if Rhino owners were legally allowed to trade their own Rhino horn, we would have a hundred thousand Rhino in South Africa within twenty years. It is not viable to spend the time and effort to protect your Rhino if you only own the rotting carcass.
    Why do you think there are ten million cattle, thirty million sheep and sixty million head of game in South Africa? Because "IF IT PAYS IT STAYS"
    It is way easier and way more profitable to be a Rhino Poacher in South Africa than a Rhino farmer. If a Farmer were to sell a horn for ten million, he would have to pay four million in taxes. If the poacher gets caught he pays thirty thousand rand and walks free. OH MY GOD! HUMANS ARE STUPID!

  • Paul burnett
    12 March 2014, 20:16

    It absolutely enrages me that this still takes place! As a serving member of the armed forces I would gladly leave & even take a pay cut to track the poachers & execute them. Small task forces; that are trained & equipped properly would cut poacher numbers almost immediately.

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 March 2014, 20:36

    Ok I need to know, is there anyway, any organization I could join where I could kill these evil men. I had my sights set on military, but this is calling my name. email me - jack.p.lhota1@gmail.com

  • Anonymous commenter
    17 March 2014, 13:01

    I would join up with any group that kills poachers. No pay.

  • Curran Padake
    17 March 2014, 16:56

    People fail to understand the implications on the eco system. Reticulate pythons for example are being hunted and killed for their skins to make handbags. The reduction in the python population has resulted in an increase in the rat populations in south east asia.

  • Anonymous commenter
    18 March 2014, 21:41

    I would gladly put a nice .338 Lapua round through any poachers head. To try to bring these people to some form of justice system is just ridiculous. They are slaughtering innocents so they should be treated as terrorists. End of story. If enough poachers are killed by anti-poachers they may think twice about trying to kill these innocent animals.

  • carpetmonster
    05 April 2014, 11:54

    As in a number of responses, I myself believe these poachers should either be shot, or dismembered so they are unable to use a weapon again, the real problem allies in the utter scum at the top of the chain who are making thousands, Kill them and their families that will reduce the poaching, take there assets and share amongst the communities that are protecting these animals..
    The only good point great organisations are educating there locals let’s hope it reduces.
    THE BE ALL MAN IS A GREEDY BASTARD NEVER HAPPY NOT REALISING WHAT WILL SOON BE MISSING.

  • Mubasher
    07 April 2014, 06:03

    There will always be poachers available to replace the one that is dead. This will no accomplish anything. The threat to rhinos will still be there. The main thing to do is what the military does. Send a spy poacher into the community to find out who is actually funding this atrocious act. This way intelligence can be gathered to build a case. Second, metal detectors should be placed on strategic points where most poaching is seen. This way if any poacher walks in with a gun or a trap then they will automatically be detected. There are lots of other ingenious ideas that can be utilized to combat these vile 'creatures'. Thirdly, remote controlled cameras like the 'dung-cam' can be used for surveillance and to detect any traps set by poachers. To be honest I have many ideas that can be implemented but there needs education. People need to be educated about the ineffectiveness of using rhino horn. Doctors and scientist here should conduct a test demonstrating how ineffective it is. These are just few ideas but they can help greatly reduce the atrocity that's happening. All in all. Donate for the cause!

  • Terri Greer
    10 April 2014, 23:55

    I so support the killing of poachers, we can't do it fast enough for me. Otherwise, perhaps cutting off their noses and hands might show them what they have inflicted on these animals. Also, the idiots who purchase rhino horns, elephant tusks, shark fins, or other awful things done to animals by people for whatever their too often stupid reasons are should be prosecuted to the fullest or better yet, let's stop aid to their countries until their countries stop these totally awful so called human beings from doing these heinous acts.

  • Anonymous commenter
    12 April 2014, 02:00

    read what the Bible says about the issue. people are more important than animals

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 April 2014, 01:34

    People say that animals are more important then humans, but humans are mammals and mammals are animals. I know we are meant and built to eat other animals, but not to kill them for skin or ivory and horns. I mean are these people really serious I know the bible says something, but aside from what the bible says I mean think about how wrong killing fellow mammals and marine life for human gain. No one should kill animals for money it's horrible and wrong on so many levels. Even I won't eat some meats for example for the sake of my feelings about this topic I rarely eat cow, chicken, pig, and seafood because of how much I care. I don't think its right to kill so much that the animal is in danger for how long it will be able to exist.

  • Anonymous commenter
    17 April 2014, 06:39

    i hate the fact that rhinos are be poached like they're nothing. i mean, like, what if there were no more rhinos left? no trace of the rhino would be left for anyone. but i don't think it would be necessary to kill them. only threaten to do it.

  • Karina
    20 April 2014, 01:14

    Crucify poachers. That sends a more of a message. Have them agonize as much as possible before they die. It's what they do to the animals.

  • Anonymous commenter
    20 April 2014, 21:57

    What would Jack Bauer do? He may be fictional but he goes to extremes to prevent humans from making themselves extinct.
    Education is the key but that takes generations to get through, the Rhinos don't have that long. Will the governments of countries using Rhino products change the law to make it illegal to buy and sell such products? Will this drive the business underground? Probably very tiny amounts of Rhino horn in those tablets, rest of it junk, maximises profit. Humans destroyed the earth when they invented money and religion.

  • Anonymous commenter
    22 April 2014, 23:23

    End them. STR, WWF, etc should hire soldiers of fortune to fight back. Re-direct some conservation funding into counter-poaching direct action teams & Africa and Asia. Strike fear in these people and their recruits and the word will get out that it is a bad profession to involved in...

  • Liam Murphy
    24 April 2014, 20:48

    Every poacher in the world should have to take the death sentence not just 7 years in jail! Those assholes that are poaching have no soules!!!

  • Liam Murphy
    24 April 2014, 21:00

    This guy that posted a comment named max IS A TOTAL DUMB ASS !! first poachers do male 2 American $ a day but that is so much money in there currency. you could buy a gorilla for 5 american dollars so poachers make plenty. They could also sell there kill buy them selves.
    So max quit being a dumb ass.

  • Anonymous commenter
    02 May 2014, 22:29

    I think that all poachers should be sentenced to death. There is just no reason for it. I feel this way about anyone that abuses animals period. They should have done to them what they do to the animals..it is only fair.

  • MugoUrth
    03 May 2014, 15:19

    Max's comment seemed... very disconnected. Why did he just randomly capitalize words? But what I mostly got out of it was "Killing Poachers won't solve the problem. Pay more attention to the man behind the curtains." or something like that.

    Also, I think we should protect animals at all costs, however I think killing Poachers should be a last resort (even though they really deserve it). I think life sentences and interrogations are better.

  • Fireinthehole
    27 May 2014, 17:31

    The poachers deserve to die.

  • BREVIN
    29 May 2014, 11:54

    RHINO PAOCHING SHOULD BE TREATED AS WAR EFFORT

  • Avi
    04 June 2014, 00:33

    i will whole heatedly contribute to a fund that rewards rangers that kills the poachers or pay for the families of those who get killed in poacher attacks. Rangers endanger their lives and by just creating an unreasonable morale dilemma of saving the criminals we endanger the lives of rangers and other animals.

  • Anonymous commenter
    04 June 2014, 17:29

    The world has well over 7 billion people. We can stand to purge off some of the most lowly to help preserve our wildlife. I completely agree with bonuses awarded to rangers bringing the ultimate punishment to these disgusting humans. In impoverished communities in which poaching offers huge rewards to the assailants it is important to offer similar awards to the people doing good.

  • Ben
    11 June 2014, 12:55

    When you find a baby rhino crying next to its mother because it's mother has been shot and killed for it's horn, you can only scream at the senselessness of it.

    That is why the poachers are better off dead. The rhinos did noone any harm and live peacefully, the poachers are murderers.

  • Gunnhildr9
    12 June 2014, 00:26

    All poachers should be killed, period. They have no right to destroy a whole species just for monetary gain. They wipe out rhinos and endanger the lives of brave rangers struggling to protect wildlife. No compromise - poachers must die.

  • Sara
    14 June 2014, 02:56

    We must not stop this program. It must go on! Where can I donate to snipers to kill poachers? I wish I could do it myself. These evil poachers represent the lowest form of life. How can we keep this program alive and well?

  • Anonymous commenter
    14 June 2014, 05:28

    Since poachers are so hard to convict, then maybe sending rangers some head mounted camera could help

  • Jamie
    16 June 2014, 02:33

    Off with their heads....
    It would be a totally different situation if they where killing other people for let's just say there finger nails because the Asians are convinced it cures disease!! If that was the case then the way this was handled would be completely different, just because they are animals people see it as ok?!?
    No not me it has gone to far I am studying reef conservation and the seahorse trade in Asia is my biggest nightmare as they believe for some reason, due to one of their dumb ass ancestors saying it heals you...heals what exactly? There will be none left soon and then what? They will just produce another myth about another species saying this does the same thing until we have no animals what so ever left. This is the same situation and has almost got me considering moving to Africa instead and setting up a rebel ranger force to wipe some of these scum out. Such a sad world we live in today that officials just stand by and let this happen. As said before the trusts which we put so much money into do nothing to save these lives they say they do but all they really do is tell us when one dies.
    If anyone would like to join the rebel ranger force let me know the sooner this is done the better, I for one would happily put my life on the line to protect such an indangered species as I am just one of the billions of the most abundant species on this planet. Disgusted is not even the word

  • Anonymous commenter
    20 June 2014, 02:11

    how do you put a hit on a known poacher? I have $100k burning a hole in my pocket that I will gladly give to the person that shows proof of poacher who killed Satao (kenya's biggest elephant) and then shows his head on a stick!! Im not kidding either!!

  • Mark
    20 June 2014, 04:17

    The Chinese and other Asians who organize poaching and smuggling should be tracked down too. They should be killed without mercy.

  • Erica Jones
    23 June 2014, 21:02

    Poachers are evil pieces of shit and SHOULD BE KILLED!
    I saw a disturbing video of cowards who killed beautiful lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, and more and was so outraged. Poor animals die from the hands of these sick bastards thanks to guns and tranquilizers. I DARE them to go up to one of these majestic creatures unarmed!!

    There are so few endangered species left for our children to see. I support our local zoo and Animal Rights groups and campaigns. I wish more could be done to save all the wonderful animals out there. All countries need stricter penalties for poaching.

  • Anonymous commenter
    24 June 2014, 12:54

    On an emotional level I would volunteer my time to assist hunting and killing poachers however killing them makes it harder for the poachers to get the horns. Less supply drives up the prices therefore making the problem worse. As many have mentioned, reducing demand is the key! Now just need to get these [deleted] to stop pillaging the world for all it has.

  • Tiff
    28 June 2014, 00:22

    They are really not doing a good enough job, they need more support and funds. The main reason poachers are still so active is because the Chinese thoroughly believe that Black Rhino horn will make them able to perform sexually, seriously.

  • Anonymous commenter
    09 July 2014, 18:22

    i think that these poachers should all get there head cut of with a machete. They should be captured, and stabbed multiple times with spears untill they give up the name of the person that send them, then have there heads cut off with machetes and stuck on poles all around the wildlife preserve. then go and find there "boss" and fill up his house with him in it with mustard gas.

  • michael prater
    19 July 2014, 07:34

    I feel for the hundreds of rangers killed in the line of duty. I wonder how many rangers could be saved if there was a medical doctor in each ranger camp that could stabilize their condition enough for them to be transported to a hospital instead of dying in the field. I am a doctor and would be very interested in starting a volunteer group of doctors from all over the world to staff remote ranger camps for this purpose. I am also a very accurate shooter out to 1000 yards if that helps.

  • Toby
    25 July 2014, 03:44

    they should die ( the poachers, not the rhinos)

  • Mark Ferch
    26 July 2014, 03:36

    We could advertise in China about how cool a panda coat would be.

  • Anonymous commenter
    03 August 2014, 14:30

    I would happily donate to the policing, arrest, and execution of all poachers. When these intelligent giants are gone they are gone.

  • MasterSeijin
    08 August 2014, 04:35

    All poachers around the world need to be handled this way. But they're not the root of the problem.

    Their customers are predominantly the wealthy elite, or "richers" as I like to call them. Peoplle like the Kardashians/Jenners. The Trumps. The Hiltons and so on. These are the people who demand powdered rhino horn as a form of erectile dysfunction medication, or gorilla skin bedsheets, or whale oil for archaic lanterns they use around their mansions as to save on electric bills. These people should also be exterminated brutally if our future is to have any wildlife in it.

  • Laura
    12 August 2014, 05:58

    The national parks giving bonuses for killing poachers are well aware that if they do not kill the poachers than the poachers will kill the rangers. The poachers should be killed on sight, it's the right thing to do.

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 August 2014, 11:58

    It's sad that all our animals are leaving us because of money and greed
    Especially by the Asians taking the ivory and skins
    We need to stop it at its source, remember most Asians are [deleted]
    So you need to get at them that way ,cut ties with them
    They don't believe in God and his creatures
    Remember the devils eyes, what do they remind you off
    If we stop the demand then it nay stop the poachers
    We need to medically stop the ivory from growing in a short period of day 10 years , then re grow again

  • Anonymous commenter
    20 August 2014, 12:43

    First of all, we should start to boycott buying products from big companies who assemble their products in China, vietnam or elsewhere in asia, where rhino, elefant or tiger- "products" are consumed. Let these companies know, for example on their Facebook-page, that their products carry the blood of rhinos, elefants , tigers (or whatever creature). Add pictures of killed animals to your postings. Call up potential buyers on corresponding product pages not to buy blood-Elefant/ blood-rhino /blood-tiger/ blood-Shark/ blood-dolphine-products. Hurt the asians at their weakest point: Their money. Open blood--pages on Facebook. Add lists of well known companies, who have a production in those "Countries of evil". Tell your friends about blood-animal-products! And then lets wait a while and see what happens...

  • D. Fender
    20 August 2014, 20:10

    Boycott products and services out of the countries of evil

    China, vietnam, other asian and indonesian countries as well are the main production locations of many top 500 western companys. On the other hand many chinese companies belong to the global fortune 500 and have relations to and influence on other companies located in the southern and western hemisphere.
    Relations to those chinese companies as well as outsourcing of production to china / vietnam (and similar evil countries) increases wealth of their upper class, who define obviously the main consumer group of ivory-, rhinohorn-, tiger-"products" and "products" of other endangered species.

    Encourage the community of the remaining intelligent humans to open blood-rhino- / blood-elephant- / blood-tiger- / blood-shark- / blood-whale- / blood-dolphin-product pages on facebook and other internet sites where all companies with relation to countries of evil and out of the countries of evil are listed with their relations, their products and their services! There more the better. The more the difficulter it is to eleinate those sites from the web. Add fotos of killed elephants / rhinos / tigers / whales / ... and build relations! Add stories of our suffering creatures and ask the readers if they are owing products or using services of those companies whose owners and managers don't care at all about nature and creature. Talk to people that work in such companies. Confront them frequently with stories and pictures.
    Think if there is any rhino-blood-free smartphone in the world ... whats your conclusion? Imagine a sticker with a killed rhino / elephant / tiger / ... on the back side of every smartphone ... on car's which contain parts made in that countries ...

    Make the big poachers, the principals suffer by hitting them at their most vulnerable points: Their money, their status. Make them think! Force them to act in our sense ... Encourage everyone to ask for chinese-free / vietnamese-free products and services. Avoid visiting their bloody restaurants.
    Your are the foot-soldier! Even if you don't protect animals directly or can't give money to organizations, you can do a lot!

    Start the defense! Start it today!

  • Anonymous commenter
    10 September 2014, 11:28

    If I had to see a poacher in the bush while I'm driving around, I wouldn't ask any questions he would be dead. It's to risky to go up to a person in the veld you never know who else in in the bush close by. That's how the anti poachers are getting injured and killed. Kill on site

  • DerpNugget
    11 September 2014, 03:12

    :D I'm all for shooting poops in da face

  • Anonymous commenter
    12 September 2014, 00:39

    Flaying should be the punishment for poaching critically endangered species.

  • Robert
    15 September 2014, 21:25

    A recent 77 year sentence for a poacher is a rare event. Generally it's a revolving door system. After seeing elephants slaughtered and rhino brutalized and butchered while still alive, death is the only deterrent to a poacher whether shoot to kill or court ordered execution. Shoot to kill circumvents the corruption in many African nations. The only area we can exert some measure of control is in the field. We apparently can't stop people buying or selling the stuff but we sure can make it a death sentence for poaching.
    Interesting, that in the face of the Chinese led slaughter of African wildlife, killing their native elephants in Yunnan Province is a death penalty offense. Quote from a New York Time's article April 25, 2014 "Since 1995, when four people were executed by firing squad for killing an elephant, only a handful of domestic elephants have been poached for their tusks, according to the state news media, and not one in the past decade.

  • Brian Groom
    20 September 2014, 20:23

    Time has come to shoot to kill poachers on the ground to augment all the other good work being done in forums, wildlife organisations, in negotiations with communities to get them to understand how they should benefit from living with wild animals, with governments to get them to prioritise the fight against this lucrative criminal activity and in the courts to sentence the perpetrators - especially the kingpins such as Ras. These activities need to be escalated collectively and without delay in order to ratchet up the level of resistance against these international poaching organisations in order to become a more daunting deterrent against this genocide.

  • Cynthia McLaglen
    24 September 2014, 22:44

    Unfortunately, very many Rangers in Africa are coming up against gangs sent from Shabab which has vowed allegiance to Al Quaeda and sent raiders to kill unbelievers. They and Boko Haram and Ganjaweed from Darfur, and other gangsters come in groups and have all raised money by raiding other countries in Africa of their Elephants -as many as possible. They come in with high powered guns , assault rifles, machine guns mounted on vehicles or aircraft and RPGs (rocket powered grenades), from the Camaroon with Lords Resistance Army, and from Sudan and other countries in the north, and kill AS MANY ELEPHANTS AS POSSIIBLE IN ORDER TO SELL AND BUY MORE WEAPONS.; and white South Africans have been involved in killing as well. There is corruption amongst many government officials in many countries as well. This IS A WAR, and the Rangers really do not have the weapons, clothes and food as well as a good pair of boots to do their job properly, so to say that they have to hang fire is a little silly. Many Rangers only just get away with their lives against big gangs like these. All that I have said has been reported in The New York Times and other papers. The wild life is being decimated left right and centre. Wake up and look it all up on the Internet from reliable sources. ALL THE WILD LIFE PARTICULARLY THE BIG WILD-LIFE WILL HAVE GONE IN A SHORT TIME IF GOVERNMENT DO NOT DO SOMETHING DRASTIC BECAUSE THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT ANIMALS IT IS ABOUT GREED AND POWER FUELLED BY POVERTY. I have not known what to do for a while but eventually with finding out more and more I have joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos and Big Cats. If I were a man and a bit younger I would go to fight with the Rangers. It is a very difficult life but at least I would be on the front line. C. McLaglen

  • AMH
    26 September 2014, 06:29

    Pressure needs to be brought to bear on BBC Wildlife Fund, if they continue to peddle their 'soft-on-poaching' view.

    Money can be better spent on EFFECTIVE conservation efforts, than wasting it on an organization so out of touch, that they withdraw support from programs willing to commit the extreme measures necessary to protect the wildlife they claim to champion.

    What will they do when all the rhinos are gone, while they dither and balk and pontificate about morality -- put out a commercial with a mournful soundtrack to drum up MORE money for their worthless organization?

  • Lorenzo Baldo
    26 September 2014, 13:49

    I am so angry against that! These poachers deserve to be shot, shot to kill very ok, it's too stupid to shot rhinos at present time, in the middle of extintion big troubles and to collect horns just for nothing, just supposing for healing or something like that, it's unbelievable how people can trust these ideas. Poachers are too organized, too aggressive, too unprejudiced to save them, and I think they know. No chances then.

  • TooManyPeople
    04 October 2014, 15:01

    Just kill them.
    And also kill the market the poachers are supplying. Why aren't we boycotting Chinese goods? Sure, its difficult to avoid but how about we just buy less stuff and when we do buy we make sure it's manufactured elsewhere?

  • Gunnhildr9
    20 October 2014, 21:42

    All poachers should be put to death. These scum are genocidal murderers of rhinos and other creatures, and they are traitors for destroying the natural life of Africa. The rangers, who protect these great animals, are putting their lives at serious risk in order to save rhino lives. And when rhinos and rangers are killed, it is their innocent loved ones who suffer the pain of grief and loss. Such evil deeds must be punished accordingly.

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