December 16 2011 at 09:00am
What a tragic day once again for South Africans to read in The Star on Monday about the rhino poachers hacking away at the future of our rhino population.
The poaching of SA’s rhinos have reached alarming figures. What baffles me – and I’m not a vet or a CIA agent – is the fact that these rhinos were darted and drugged.
Is there a register in SA whereby all scheduled drugs intended for the darting and tranquillising of animals, in particular rhinos, are kept, updated and checked at all times?
I fail to see where the poachers are getting the drugs to dart rhinos with, as I’m sure this drug isn’t one that they can simply order online or buy over the counter.
Why, if the whole world is aware of the high figures of rhino poaching in SA, has no one thought of establishing an online register to clearly reflect all tranquilliser drugs sold, showing the supplier and the purchaser’s details?