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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-25-2011, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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Last Javan rhino in Vietnam killed for horn

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Vietnam has lost its fight to save its rare Javan rhinoceros population after poachers apparently killed the country's last animal for its horn, pushing one of the world's most endangered species closer to extinction, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Vietnam's Cat Tien National Park has had no sightings, footprints or dung from live rhinos since the last known animal living there was found dead last April, shot through the leg with its horn chopped off, the WWF said. Genetic analysis of rhino feces had confirmed in 2004 that at least two rhinos were living in the park, raising hopes that Vietnam's population might survive.

Only 40 to 60 Javan rhinos now remain in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. They are the last known living members of the species, with none in captivity.
Vietnam's Javan rhino population had been shrinking for decades as land conversion and a rising local population threatened the animal's habitat, but poaching and a lack of effective park management and patrols hastened the decline, said Christy Williams, coordinator of WWF's Asian Elephant
and Rhino Program.

"It appears that protection is not being given a high priority by the Vietnamese government," he said.
Park director Tran Van Thanh said that while some of his rangers failed to fulfill their duties, it is impossible for them to stop all of the estimated 100,000 people living near the park from hunting exotic animals when the average farmer there earns around 150,000 dong ($7.50) per day.
"We're not trying to avoid our responsibility in the death of the rhinos, but we've done our best to protect them," Thanh said.

Demand for rhino horn has surged in recent years among Vietnamese and Chinese who believe it can cure an array of ailments. Horns can now fetch up to $50,000 per pound (about $100,000 per kilogram), the WWF report said Tuesday. A small amount of ground-up powder can bring hundreds of dollars on the black market. Global demand has also increased in the last four to five years as some people have begun to consider rhino horn a remedy for cancer, Williams said.

WWF, along with the International Rhino Foundation, confirmed that the last rhino had died in Vietnam by collecting and analyzing its feces. Twenty-two of the rhino's dung piles were found in Cat Tien from October 2009 to February 5, 2010, but no dung piles or fresh rhino footprints were seen in the subsequent nine weeks, the 44-page report said.

Before 1988, the Javan rhino was believed to be extinct from mainland Asia. A small population was then discovered in Vietnam's park, and for the past 20 years, a number of wildlife conservationists have worked closely with the government to try to prevent the species from dying out in Vietnam.

But the rhino's habitat has been cut in half since 1988 to about 74,000 acres (30,000 hectares) today.
South Africa is a prime source country for rhino horns. According to the South African government, a record 333 rhinos were poached in 2010 a nearly threefold increase from 2009.

In September, Vietnamese officials traveled to South Africa to address the problem, three years after Hanoi recalled a diplomat from its embassy there after she was caught on tape receiving illegal rhino horns. Ha Cong Tuan, an environmental affairs official, called on Vietnamese medical researchers to study what he called the "rumor" that rhino horn cures cancer and then publicize their findings.

The WWF report said Vietnam is on the verge of an "extinction crisis" with several other species including the saola and the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey threatened by deforestation, widespread poaching and a "largely uncontrolled" illegal wildlife trade.
Cat Tien was established in 1998 as a composite of three existing protected areas. From 1998 to 2004 WWF invested $6.3 million in the park, with up to $600,000 earmarked for rhino conservation work.

In Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, 100 grams (about 7 ounces) of crushed rhino horn retail for about 43 million dong ($2,150), with the average prescription costing 200,000 dong ($10), a rhino horn vendor in the city's bustling old quarter said Monday, requesting anonymity because the practice is illegal here.
These hunters really are the scum of the earth.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-25-2011, 04:53 AM
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Yeah, it's pretty bad.

One would assume people would put the existence of the species ahead of money/glory of the horn/hunt/whatever, but history and indeed present time has shown that human nature, and pretty much any other type of nature, isn't very pretty and is generally an all around cruel thing.

Sad and unfortunate, but if this species died out, it would be part of a gigantic list of ones who have already come and gone. Around 100 species (you'd have to Google for a closer figure) die each day for one reason or another. Isn't that crazy? 100 a day (some say more). Sure makes you think.

It sucks, but man, that's just how life goes (hunter-predator/disease/illness/change in habitat/weather/whatever), species just die, and someday we will too.
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Man that is terrible. But I can't say im surprised. They probably made 100-150k from that.

My question is: could they have just tranquilizered that rhino and taken a hack saw to it's horn?



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The hunters probably weren't equipped with James Bond gear.

I don't begrudge them. The people in Vietnam work very hard just to live in poverty and I work with at least a dozen Vietnamese who immigrated to here just to work a hard labor dead end job to escape those conditions and make a decent wage. Also their medications and stuff like that are extremely expensive and they often take desperate measures to survive.

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The hunters probably weren't equipped with James Bond gear.

I don't begrudge them. The people in Vietnam work very hard just to live in poverty and I work with at least a dozen Vietnamese who immigrated to here just to work a hard labor dead end job to escape those conditions and make a decent wage. Also their medications and stuff like that are extremely expensive and they often take desperate measures to survive.
Well it wouldn't be to difficult I don't think. I know I mentioned ketamine a few weeks ago in another thread, I imagine I could just dose a rhino with 10-15grams and saw the horn off. Then I've read the horns grow back if they survive losing them. Then if the rhino lives... Bam year or two go get another horn

I mean ketamine is odorless/tasteless, what do rhinos like to eat?

You're probably right, just meh wish it went differently



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Meh, that's nature. It will find a way to balance out the loss of the Javan rhino, the dodo and polar bear.

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Woah woah woah, 100 grams is almost 7 ounces? I've been getting ripped off...
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It's not hunters it's poachers that are the problem. Hunting is something people do for food/ poaching is something for profit.
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They told me the horn came from free range Rino's....catch and release ....Like fishing....




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It's not hunters it's poachers that are the problem. Hunting is something people do for food/ poaching is something for profit.
This. Poachers are on the bottom of the human totempole, hope those ****ers get theirs one day.
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