The Born Free Foundation will celebrate Rhino Day today by making a loud noise against the poaching of the animals. Over the past two months, more than a hundred rhinos have been poached in South Africa. Children from schools in Paterson in the Eastern Cape will use anything from vuvuzelas to tins to make their views heard.
“All the schools in Paterson, about a thousand children will be getting together to make a big noise against rhino poaching. We will have a parade to the sport stadium and at 1 o' clock make as much noise as we can to show the public and pubic that we are serious about it and want to see stronger laws in place,” said Born Free Foundation Education manager Christine le Roux
Rhino poaching in South Africa has increased since the beginning of the month. Almost 400 rhinos have been killed this year compared to last year's total of 345. South Africa's rhinos are facing a poaching onslaught caused by the illegal rhino horn trade driven by the demand from Asia
Meanwhile, a new South African film that is set against the background of the country's rhino poaching crisis will be released countrywide this weekend. The gripping adventure thriller is titled, "Snare", and is being released to coincide with World Rhino Day.
Director Diony Kempen says the movie shows the futility of the tragedy, she says she also hopes to raise awareness, generate activism and involvement in stopping rhino poaching with the film. One of the country's exhibitors has launched a national campaign to raise funds with the screening of "Snare", which will be donated to the Rhino Action Group Effort.