Thursday, March 22, 2012

Zim man gets 14 years for attempting to poach rhino

A rhino poacher in Zimbabwe was sentenced to 14 years in jail, despite not having killed the animal.

Magistrates in Zimbabwe are imposing hefty prison terms on poachers, in a bid to protect the country's almost 700 remaining rhino.Game rangers arrested the man (35) at the Chipenge intensive rhino protection zone last week.

He and an accomplice followed several rhino to the zone’s water hole. Rangers caught him with a rifle fitted with a silencer and three rounds of ammunition. His sentence is meant to send a warning to other poachers.

Zimbabwe lost 23 rhino last year.

Source: Eyewitness News

POINT OF CORRECTION: Zimbabwe lost over 30 rhinos according to the official count, which is never accurate and understandably tries to downplay the extent of the poaching crisis. ON

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