Rhino Poaching Essay

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South Africa as a country is faced with many challenges and a common factor that this comprises of is crime and corruption. One of the biggest syndicates that are growing day-by-day is Rhino Poaching.

It all starts with individuals who are faced with the difficult conditions of poverty. This is the drive they get to commit such a crime. Rhino poaching is illegal in the Republic of South Africa and is strictly prohibited. Individuals that are found in a situation that involves rhino poaching have to account for their actions and serious consequences follow. The individual sees this as the only way that they can make a living for themselves and their families. Greedy officials then find this as a somewhat business opportunity and help poachers with smuggling rhino horns in and out of the country for a share of the profits that are made.
The rhinos that are poached are: The Black Rhino, White Rhino, Greater One-Horned Rhino, and Sumatran Rhino. Of some of these have Asian origin. All these rhinos are poached for their horns and the horns are sold to collectors and other people who can afford them and are interested.
The Statistics of Rhino Poaching of 2010-2014 are as follows:
Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia
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However rhino poaching has reached a crisis point, and if the killing continues at this rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births by the year 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future. Figures compiled by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs show the dramatic escalation in poaching over the recent years. Studies and statistics filed by the Department display such information. During 2014, in South Africa alone a staggering 1215 rhinos were killed by poachers which mean that if it calculated, a rhino is killed every eight hours (8

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