Protest against rhino poaching held in Windhoek

21 May 2014 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – A group of around 60 people on Wednesday morning staged a peaceful demonstration at the Zoo Park in Windhoek to show their dismay at the growing incidences of rhino poaching in Namibia.
Their demonstration follows the arrest of three Chinese nationals with 14 rhino horns at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in March this year.
The three accused persons in the matter are Li Xiaoliang, 30, Li Zhibing, 53, and the 49-year-old Pu Xuexin.
Their formal bail application started before Magistrate George Mbundu in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court last Thursday.
The verdict in the bail application will be handed down by Magistrate Mbundu in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court at 09h00 on Thursday.
One of the protestors, acclaimed wildlife photographer Hans Rack told Nampa it is the Namibian nation’s duty to create awareness amongst members of the public that laws relating to the poaching of rhinos need to be very harsh.
“I do not think the Namibian government anticipated that this (rhino poaching) will spill over to Namibia from South Africa,” Rack said. He added that Namibia should learn from South Africa when it comes to the protection of the rhino population. He called on the nation at large as well as government to take the poaching issue very seriously.
Gottlieb Hakaye, another one of the protestors, said animals must be protected for future generations.
Deon van Rensburg from Radio Wave said it is one of the responsibilities of the local media to publicise this type of story. “This is not only about the rhinos. There is a bigger picture as our great reputation as a country that looks after its wildlife resources is going down the toilet, and we cannot afford that,” Van Rensburg said. He added that concerted effort is needed by government to send out a stern warning to all would-be poachers.