Recently in Eastern Province, South Africa, three poachers apparently broke into a South African game reserve to illegally hunt and poach rhinos.
A pride of lions attacked them for invading their territory, and unfortunately for them they were eaten.
For some reason, every time poachers get eaten by lions or something like that, everybody seems interested in it or somehow satisfied.
The morality of that is debatable, I think that deep down everybody wishes the natural world wasn’t being destroyed so they vent their feelings on learning about little situations like this.
At the scene where the men were eaten, staff from the African park found hunting rifles equipped with silencers, an ax obviously utilized to cut rhino horns, and wire cutters.
Nick Fox, the owner of the South African park (because you know white people claim ownership over a lot in South Africa), said on Facebook in what was called a press release:
“We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more. They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here. But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.
Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner.
The lions may have eaten more of them it is difficult to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you cannot be sure what they have taken off to feed on elsewhere. The best estimate we have so far is that three of the gang were eaten. They were armed with high powered rifles with silencers, an axe for the horns, wire cutters and side arms, so were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns.”
Around the time of sunset on July 3, the bloody scene was discovered. That means the drama probably went down as soon as they broke into the place to harvest the animal products from rhinos: the lions protected the rhinos.
Officials comment on things like this, that’s how such an event goes, and so police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said:
“We do not know identities but firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before.”
Because regular people own barely anything these days and wealth is so completely hoarded in this world, and also because people make immoral decisions to make money, poaching of rhinos is still a serious problem in South Africa.
Just today, the South African government released intense statistics on the poaching of rhinos, rhino horn smuggling and the like in 2017. It was reported that last year, 1,028 rhinos were illegally killed and harvested.
Africa’s rhinos primarily thrive in that particular country: they aren’t common, South Africa is home to the beautiful creature.
It is estimated that 18,796 white rhinos are present in the country, and 1,916 black rhinos are present. That’s 93% and 40% of the rhino populations in the entire world.
This kind of situation is sad in every way. Civilians have to make money to survive, and some of them make immoral decisions to hunt animals that are barely still alive on this planet.
The whole situation is sad. A certain way of living, a certain way of economy functioning is destroying the planet: and it’s not about capitalism or communism, it’s about the wealthy hoarding wealth and the poor having no opportunities to produce it with their own labor.