Nearly two years after being arrested with some 30 rhino horns in his possession, South African game farmer Jacques Els has finally landed in jail.
Els began serving his eight-year sentence this week following a failed appeal, according to IOL. He was also ordered to pay R1 million (US $122,802) to the Green Scorpions.
He was arrested in late 2010 along with an accomplice, Tommy Fourie, a manager at Maremani Game Reserve. Fourie — who committed suicide in November 2010 — allegedly had the rhinos dehorned for the purpose of selling the horns to Els.
Fourie had apparently hired veterinarian Andre Charles Uys to dehorn at least 15 of the reserve’s rhinos; the horns were found in Els’ possession and Uys was arrested in January 2011 for removing the horns without a permit.
In July 2011, Zoutpansperger reported that Uys agreed to be a State witness against Els, and the charges against the veterinarian were dropped.
Rhinos killed in India
Two greater one-horned rhinos have been gunned down in the Indian state of Assam.
Flooding in Assam’s wildlife areas has unfortunately caused rhinos and other wildlife to seek higher ground, often in areas that are less protected.
Cute videos of baby Sumatran rhino
Four-day-old Andatu cooling off in mud:
Five-day-old Andatu with mom Ratu:
Note the size of Ratu and Andatu next to their human caretakers: