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Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade [Kindle Edition]

Julian Rademeyer
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A terrifying true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise …
On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. This is the chilling story of a more than two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld where merciless syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save the rhino – which has survived for more than 50 million years – from extinction. Killing for Profit is a meticulous, devastating and revelatory account of one of the world’s most secretive trades. It exposes poachers, gangsters, con men, mercenaries, killers, gunrunners, diplomats, government officials and other key players behind the slaughter. And it follows the bloody trail from the front lines of the rhino wars in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the medicine markets of Vietnam and the lair of a wildlife-trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos …

About the Author

Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist. He has written and worked for many of South Africa's major newspapers, including City Press, Beeld, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News and The Herald. He has been a stringer for Reuters and a freelance writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press. Until he resigned to write this book, he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations. In a career spanning close on two decades, he has reported from some of the world's most troubled countries, including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Belarus, Egypt and Lebanon.

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Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist and Southern Africa editor of AfricaCheck.org. Over the past twenty years, he has written and worked for many of South Africa's major newspapers including City Press, Beeld, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News and The Herald. He has been a stringer for Reuters and freelanced for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press.
Until he resigned to write Killing for Profit, he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations. He has reported from some of the world's most troubled countries including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Niger, Togo, Belarus, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.
In 2005 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news, one of South Africa's most prestigious journalism awards. He was a recipient of the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa's leading investigative journalism prize. His work has also been published in the book Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa's Investigative Journalism. For more, visit Killingforprofit.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastating 8 July 2013
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This book is a thorough and devastating read into research about the illegal trafficking of rhino and its consequences. It's a hard-hitting, gritty book that will make you cry in places, but if we don't cry about this, then we're inhuman.

More than 1 rhino is killed in Africa every day. Rhinos are being butchered while they're was still alive, horns brutally hacked off and left to die painfully. And for what? Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same substance that's found in your hair and fingernails and has no proven scientific medical benefits. Every year, thousands of wild animals are killed because someone, somewhere wants a piece of them. We have the fur trade, Eastern medicine, hunting for fun or sport, deforestation and loss of habitat due to an increase in human population and wars, or we keep them as pets. We're either killing them for selfish gain or loving them to death.

Change has to start with awareness, prevention, conservation, and protection. In some countries even the politicians and diplomats admit to being an end user in the illegal wildlife trade, claiming that rhino horn, ivory, tiger bones, or other animal products cure everything from hangovers to cancer. This sends the price of these products sky high, and signs a death warrant for these animals. In some places, illegal animal products are worth more than gold and platinum. Until the leaders of these countries take a stand against this illegal trade, more and more of these amazing creatures will become extinct. The illegal trafficking in wild animals is now the third largest criminal industry in the world. For these animals to survive, we must make a change now. Not in two years, or one year, or even six months. The ugly truth is that some animals won't be around in six months from now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb but tough read 12 Mar 2013
By Matt
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This is an example of real quality investigative journalism, painstaking,thoughtful and with a level of understanding about the human subjects that adds real insight to this enormously emotional topic.

For those with an interest and passion in wildlife it is a brutal reminder of the challenges that we face in preserving our biodiversity in the face of increasing people, wealth and the ever present scourges of greed, corruption and violence. It is a also a damning indictment of the past and current political regimes in South Africa and their casual and cynical attitude towards the country's natural heritage.

It is great to see the tradition of quality SA investigative journalism lives on, one only wishes there were a few more nuggets of hope in Rademeyer's first class text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Although I already knew something about rhino poaching having visited several game reserves in South Africa in recent years, this book really exposes the horror of the situation and gives an insight into how complex it really is. It shows that so many people are involved on so many levels that, even though there are others fighting hard against it, it would seem to be a very hard battle to win. The book is well-researched and covers many aspects of the problem over several decades, showing the chain of those involved, from the poachers themselves, through people with diplomatic immunity who can smuggle horn without question, to the end users and showing their total disregard for the welfare of the rhino. The same names appear time and time again and yet very little seems to happen to these people. It made me very sad but also very angry that so many people are willing to kill such a majestic creature for their own financial gain. This is a book that will appeal to anyone interested in wildlife conservation and will hopefully raise awareness of a problem that seems to be less publicised on a global scale than others. At the time of writing the numbers are up to more than 2 rhino killed every day in South Africa alone. All for profit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile read 15 April 2013
By J.M.S.
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This well-written book provides an excellent insight into what has become one of, if not, the most organized forms of wildlife crime in recent years. The less than happy ending reflects the fact that there seems no end in sight to this illegal trade. The author has, overall, an objective style that is often absent in books of this nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter of the innocents 21 May 2013
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A hard hitting account of the money trail behind the illegal trade in Rhino horns. A must read for wildlife enthusiasts.
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