According to Biz-Community, the war is raging on against rhino poachers and experts are warning about the dangers faced by other animals to meet local and international demand for products. The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Adam Pires said despite the concerns about rhino poaching, the organisation was troubled by the increases in the poaching of lions, vultures and pangolin, and the smuggling and illegal trade of reptiles.
He said the poaching of lions and vultures was for perceived medicinal purposes, with the poisoning of vultures being “extremely serious and devastating, given the small populations of vultures”. Pires said despite tackling criminal syndicates and providing more education to communities, he believed that the fight against poaching was hampered by the perceived “low risk of detection versus high profits or rewards for trading illegally in wildlife”.
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