As the number of Rhinos killed by poachers this year, in South Africa alone, passes the 550 mark, I continue with a heavy heart to spread word and call for support. This video produced for Rhino Heart brings the powerful message ’Don’t Let the Rhino become a Legend’. Yet if nothing is done, that is exactly what will happen. We need to stand together, work together, and with the support of Goverment put an end to their slaughter.
Last week Friday we celebrated the landmark ruling of 40 years jail time for Thai National Chumlong Lemtongthai, who had been involved in illegally hunting at least 26 rhino, with an order in place for 50 more. But charges against the co-accused, and the actual shooter were dismissed a few days earlier on the strength of Lemtonthai’s guilty plea stating that MARNUS STEYL and the others had no idea that these were illegal and sham hunts.
On the very same day that Lemtongthai was sentenced a brutal video was released showing MARNUS STEYL and HARRY CLAASENS to be the actual shooters. Harry Claasens turned State Witness earlier in the trial and cannot be re-tried.
You can watch the short clip of one of the illegal hunts.
This video was taken off Lemtongthais computer. WARNING: The video is disturbing, it shows the helpless call of a wounded rhino, having been shot and trying to escape its attackers. As is happening all the time. Watch here.
Please also consider adding your voice to the rising tide of outraged people and signing the petition
calling on the National Prosecution Authority to re-instate charges against Marnus Steyl.
Not a single one of us can afford to stand by and do nothing. Sign the petition, follow the posts, learn about their plight, protest, discuss and educate. These are our beloved African beasties and the onus is on every one of us to do what ever little bit we can to protect them.