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Rhino Poaching is a Gathering Storm – Killing for Profit Author Julian Rademeyer (Video)

Killing for ProfitFor World Rhino Day, Julian Rademeyer has shared a video in which he talks about the current rhino crisis and his award-winning book, Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

“South Africa is home to over 70 percent of the world’s last remaining rhinos,” Rademeyer says. “Since 2008 we’ve lost well over 4 000 rhino. That is 14 times the number that we lost in the preceding 27 years. This is a gathering storm. And we haven’t seen the worst of it yet.”

In Killing for Profit, Rademeyer investigated ivory syndicates: “The book was the highlight of my career. I wanted to find out who the poachers were. Who were these kingpins in the shadows?”

He continues: “I’ve been in positions in the past when I’ve been threatened, been warned off.”

Another problem to consider, according to Rademeyer, is the positive difference made to people’s lives by poaching money. “It’s given communities who had nothing a new lifeblood. And that is a really difficult challenge to face,” he says.

Part of the solution, Rademeyer says, could be rhino farming, which could satiate the market. But we need a plan B.

“You have the perception if you talk to Mozambicans, if you talk to black South Africans, that an animal has more value to activists than a human life,” he says. “We need to reach a point where South Africans as a whole view conservation as part of their natural heritage, something they can be proud of, something that defines South Africa.”

Watch the video, which was created by the Black Rhino Project:

(Warning: Not for sensitive viewers)

from Black Rhino Project on Vimeo.

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