Three poachers allegedly sneaked into a South African game reserve to illegally hunt and poach rhinos recently in Eastern Province, South Africa.
They were attacked by a pride of lions for trespassing their territory, and they were regrettably eaten.
Every time poachers are devoured by lions or something similar happens, it appears to pique people’s interest or satisfy them in some way.
Although the morality of this is arguable, I believe that everyone secretly wishes that the natural environment was not being destroyed, and that people express their frustrations by learning about small incidents like this.
Staff from the African park discovered hunting weapons with silencers, an ax clearly used to cut rhino horns, and wire cutters near the area where the men were eaten.
Nick Fox, the owner of the South African park (because, as you may know, white people claim ownership of a lot of things in South Africa), said in a press statement on Facebook:
“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.”
On July 3, just before nightfall, the horrific scene was discovered. That means the drama began as soon as they stormed into the location to collect rhino horns: the rhinos were protected by the lions.
Officials make comments on such events because that’s how they work, and 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.”
Poaching of rhinos remains a big problem in South Africa because ordinary people own so little these days and wealth is so fully hoarded in this world, as well as because some make immoral decisions to make money.
The South African government just revealed detailed statistics on rhino poaching, rhino horn smuggling, and other issues in 2017. Last year, 1,028 rhinos were illegally slaughtered and harvested, according to reports.
Rhinos in Africa predominantly survive in one country: while they aren’t common, the gorgeous species may be found in South Africa.
There are 18,796 white rhinos and 1,916 black rhinos in the country, according to estimates. That’s 93 percent and 40% of the world’s rhino populations, respectively.
This is a tragic situation in every aspect. Civilians must earn a living, and some of them make immoral judgments such as hunting creatures that are barely alive on this planet.
The entire thing is depressing. It’s not about capitalism or communism; it’s about the wealthy hoarding wealth and the poor having no possibilities to produce it with their own labor.