U.S. gives South Africa millions of dollars to combat wildlife poaching

December 24, 2015 by  
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South Africa is home to 80 percent of the world’s rhinoceros population, yet poaching practices are devastating the species. The first eight months of this year saw 749 killings of wild rhinos – up from 719 last year. South Africa’s recent decision to remove a ban on domestic trading of rhinoceros horns is now leaving many worried those numbers will continue to climb. The United States is taking action against poaching in this region, dedicating millions of dollars to research and training local officials to protect endangered species. Considering the U.S. has become the second largest market for illegal wildlife products and is key in smuggling poached contraband across the Pacific ocean, it is only right that officials take the matter seriously. The U.S.’ concern is not only for the wild animals needing protection, but also for national security. The same gangs that deal in poached animal parts are also known to smuggle guns, people, and drugs. Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D), who introduced legislation for strategy development based on individual countries, says, “The impacts of this rapidly growing crisis are spreading around the world, now even threatening our national security.” Some U.S. funding is going to the Endangered Wildlife Trust , who are training officials – normally only used to dealing with street crime and murders – to secure poaching crime scenes and collect evidence for prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice also just received $100,000 to train southern African judges and prosecutors to fight illegal plant and animal sales. Related: Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers? Luckily, it has been observed how effective these trainings and supports have been. In Kruger National Park, a prime spot for poachers, officials nearly doubled their arrests over the last few years, catching 138 criminals versus last year’s 81. The funding for night vision goggles, boots, and tents will allow local officials to ramp up their presence and abilities to interrupt even more poaching behaviors in the area. With continued attention from multiple governmental entities, the future of the rhinoceros and other African wildlife may be taking a promising turn for the better. Via The New York Times Images via Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 )

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700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

September 23, 2013 by  
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The year hasn’t even reached a close and already poachers have killed more rhinos is South Africa – home to 80 percent of the world’s rhino population – than in all of last year. Poachers have slaughtered nearly 700 rhinos in their relentless pursuit for the animal’s horns, which are wrongly believed to have strong healing powers. That number is even more shocking considering that in 2007 poachers only killed 13 rhinos throughout the entire year. Read the rest of 700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa rhino killing , killing animals for their horns , killing rhinos for their horns , poaching Africa , poaching South Africa , record rhinos killed , record rhinos poached , record rhinos slaughtered , rhino births , rhino deaths , rhino deaths South Africa , rhino horn healing , rhino horn healing properties , rhino horn medicine , Rhino horns , rhino killing , rhino poaching , rhino poaching South Africa , rhino population , rhino population decline , rhinoceros horn healing , rhinoceros killing , rhinoceros poaching , rhinoceros poaching South Africa , World Wildlife Federation        

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 50 MPG Starts at $29,155

September 23, 2013 by  
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This fall Honda is releasing the second hybrid version of their popular Accord sedan, the 2014 Accord Hybrid . With a 50 mpg city rating, this new hybrid is the most fuel-efficient, non-plug-in hybrid sedan on the market. Honda also announced that the 2014 Accord Hybrid will arrive with a starting price of just $29,155. Read the rest of 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 50 MPG Starts at $29,155 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric motor , epa , green car , Honda , Honda Accord , Honda Accord Hybrid , Honda Accord plug-in hybrid , Honda electric car , Honda hybrid , hybrid , hybrid car        

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