3rd Degree to air shocking rhino killing

2012-11-13 11:10
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – 3rd Degree is set to shock with horrific amateur video of a rhino being killed illegally, desperately trying to escape while it cries like a baby.

In the shocking footage that e.tv's weekly investigative magazine show has obtained and will broadcast on Tuesday at 21:30, the terrified animal which can clearly be heard crying, tries to flee, as it is mercilessly, repeatedly shot.

3rd Degree is in possession of video footage that calls into question the decision at the end of last week to drop the charges against five accused in the illegal rhino trade case in South African courts which has been making international headlines.

While the Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai has pleaded guilty and has now been sentenced for illegal trade in rhino horn, 3rd Degree plans to show that several other people were involved in at least one shocking incident of illegal rhino killing.

Wildlife trafficking syndicate

It was claimed that the other men implicated knew nothing about any illegal rhino hunting, but the video which 3rd Degree plans to air tells a very different story.

In the video it is clear that South Africa's very strict rules for rhino hunting are completely flouted.

Shot after shot is fired as the rhino tries to get away from the illegal hunters who do not have a permit to kill the animal, as Chumlong Lemtongthai stands idly by.

Over 450 rhino have been slaughtered for their horns so far just this year as the endangered animal hovers on the brink of extinction.

The show's exposé plans to blow the lid on a wildlife trafficking syndicate that spans the globe from South African game farms to rhino horn dealers in South-East Asia.


  • chez.kri - 2012-11-13 11:27

    Why show it on t.v? If I'm against the hunting (which I am) it will upset me so I will not be tuning in tonight. If I am an illegal hunter I won't care and won't be shocked so won't be tuning in to watch. What is the point of showing it? I know at least 3 families (mine and some extended) that will keep their t.v's tuned to another channel!

      mlucejko - 2012-11-13 11:38

      I think the whole idea is to "Shock" everyone to the realities of the 'slaughter' of our precious animals !! Slaughter for 'financial gain'. The 'slaughter' of one of our big tourist attractions !!

      george.vonberg - 2012-11-13 11:41

      because its time we catch a wake up call. also it will be hard evidence everyone will see and hopefully we can see people's faces in the video. these people need to be taken out

      KReddy - 2012-11-13 11:57

      By closing your eyes, hating hunting and switching the channel to something else will not do any favours to stop this horror. The shock tactics of this episode would jar us to see the horrors of rhino poaching. The show ultimately wants to bring exposure and increasing public awareness to what these f#.ckers are doing to our precious animals.

      robert.cerff - 2012-11-13 12:16

      Um... @mlucejko, @george.vonberg and @KReddy... you missed the point. The general public is already outraged and upset by the whole thing. We already all agree that this has to stop. But... does anybody actually expect the poacher or those that believe in the magical properties of rhino horn to actually watch/care about these tv shows?

      chez.kri - 2012-11-13 12:56

      @mlucejko,george,KReddy. So can you honestly say that if I open my eyes, watch and am shocked, that it will somehow affect the poachers (whom I do not know personaly)and will stop them? If I am shocked and horified, the poachers will in some way find out and fell sympathy for me (and all teh otehr viewers) and stop? Sorry, thats moronic and you make no worthy point!

      george.vonberg - 2012-11-13 13:33

      if we watch the footage we will see them, this country and its law enforcement has shown where it stands. so it will be a way for us as citizens to pull jungle justice. the poachers might keep doing what they are doing, but if they see their faces on tv they will knw to keep a low profile. I want to see theses bastards' faces. if they got acquitted in our courts, the we have to sort them out ourselves

      george.vonberg - 2012-11-13 13:37

      @chez you are right it seems like a moronic argument, but I never said the poachers will feel guilty and stop as a result of watching the program... which indicates you did not read properly, so there is a moronic argument, but its not ours

      george.vonberg - 2012-11-13 13:39

      um... @robert i said we as the public must watch so we can see their faces. and they must know that we saw their faces.

      gavin.green.7798 - 2012-11-13 15:20

      Did you know that the private parts of a Rhino poacher sells on the black market for R1000000.00??

  • grant.callaway.50 - 2012-11-13 11:33

    I will watch it if, and only if, the shooters are filmed being skinned alive afterwards! I f@#$ing HATE these bastards!!!!!

  • chaze.damonze - 2012-11-13 11:39

    Show it! people need to see the horrors of rhino poaching! Wish we could just kill all the poachers!

      chez.kri - 2012-11-13 12:58

      @chaze? Why do i need to see the horrors? I know its bad, I have a very good imagination. I think the poachers should be shot on site (at the very least). So now I must be tormented by nightmares of animal suffering? To what end? What does that achieve? An increase in prozac sales maybe.

      chaze.damonze - 2012-11-13 13:06

      Well chez its because there are people out there that don't know what the animals go through and dont care enough to do anything about it. if people see what the rhino goes through in reality and not their imagination they will step up and donate or help with any conservation initiatives out there. the only way people react is when they can no longer hide from the truth and they see the disgusting actions first hand.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-11-13 13:44

      chez kir - it is for those who do not have the power of imaginations of yours!

      chez.kri - 2012-11-13 15:49

      @Chaze. The people who don't care won't watch either

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-13 16:27

      @chez. Rubbish - I care so much but could NEVER sit through the brutal slaughter of one of these magnificent beasts EVER!

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-11-13 11:40

    Over 550 rhinos dead...slit all these guys throats

      gavin.green.7798 - 2012-11-13 15:21

      Did you know that the private parts of a Rhino poacher sells on the black market for R1000000.00??

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-13 11:49

    Yes show it then do a follow up where the poachers are left in the bush and being hunted

  • barry.walker.7568 - 2012-11-13 11:56

    I cannot understand how people can do these things to animals! It is one of the saddest and sickest true reflections of the souls of some people! These people are not worthy of walking the earth!!

  • tony.samuels.35 - 2012-11-13 11:59

    Is it the same video they were repeating on eNCA last Friday every 30 mins?

  • rhode.marshall - 2012-11-13 12:03

    The Mail & Guardian had the video up on their site last week. You can see it here http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-11-08-inside-a-legal-hunt

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2012-11-13 12:24

    Hawu! What shock if the video has been shown on primetime news and eNCA a couple of times already. I agree though that many people were let off the hook too easily.

  • bernard.vanrensburg - 2012-11-13 12:39

    Personally I think that if you need to see the footage to be shocked about the reality of rhino poaching, you are not as sensitive about the issue as you may think. Why do you need to be loured into watching a program of such importance with graphic scenes of violence? Is the fact that humans are killing for financial gain not enough to make you bow your head in shame and regret the fact that you are part of such a destructive, selfish specie? I am.

      chez.kri - 2012-11-13 13:03

      @bernard. Sorry due but I do NOT "need" to see the footage. Is it necessary to show a child being raped for us to have sympathy for rape victims? NO. Rhino poaching is evil; I do not support hunting at all. i will phone crimeline if I am ever unfortunate to meet a Rhino poacher. In other words, I will do what I can to prtoect them but watching this footage will not help me prtoiect them in any way.

      bernard.vanrensburg - 2012-11-13 13:17

      @chez.kri - exactly the point I'm trying to make here.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-13 12:39

    Why don't the park owners take off all the horns? They won't be killed if they have no horn.

      bernard.vanrensburg - 2012-11-13 14:30

      @ John. I stand to be corrected, but don’t think they can completely remove the horns. We were at a game farm up in Ellisras a few weeks ago and the ranger there told us that they do remove the horns, but have to leave about 3cm of it. Even then these rhinos are killed for 3cm that is left.

  • rudolf.dreyer.948 - 2012-11-13 12:41

    These people should be lined up and shot! Pull their teeth and sell that to cure your 'pretend' ailments!

  • Justine Rhuzandri Booysen - 2012-11-13 13:06

    kn mens nu so harteloos wes

  • lerato.mnizi - 2012-11-13 13:15

    Debora Patta is one of the most annoying people on television. I don't care much for her opinions or her show.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-11-13 13:45

      what is your point? Who wants to know your point?

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-11-13 13:46

      troll alert!

      gavin.green.7798 - 2012-11-13 15:13

      And what about the Rhino's???? Clearly you dont care about the topic of the show you chop!!!

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-11-13 13:35

    I am cold reading this, I cannot watch this, sorry- IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE A POINT THEN AIR ON CNN AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL TV CHANNELS AS WELL- the public here are already outraged by the poaching while our wonderful rich goverment stands idly by- let the world know what the chinese and other asians are doing to this beautiful animal!

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-13 16:21


  • george.vonberg - 2012-11-13 13:37

    @chez you are right it seems like a moronic argument, but I never said the poachers will feel guilty and stop as a result of watching the program... which indicates you did not read properly, so there is a moronic argument, but its not ours

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-13 13:38

    Yes show it then do a follow up where the poachers are left in the bush and being hunted

  • mikelle.jackson.94 - 2012-11-13 13:43

    They never going to stop until all the Rhinos are extinct. Chinese are madhirs and that cake zuma has allowed this

  • xavind - 2012-11-13 14:08

    Our government will not do a thing! The majority of elected officials are used to animals being slaughtered for cultural purposes so they emotions are null on this footage even if they see it. We have armed forces paid for by tax payers who are siting doing nothing, she people should be deployed to protecting OUR animals. But than again we have idiots being elected.

  • sian.okeeffe - 2012-11-13 14:15

    You all seem to be missing the point here. The objective of showing this footage is to prove that there are other guilty parties to this that need to be prosecuted, not let off scott free! There is a petition that needs your signature to hopefully force the NPA to re-instate charges against Marnus Steyl - please sign and share it. http://petition.avaaz.org/en/petition/REINSTATE_CRIMINAL_CHARGES_AGAINST_MR_MARNUS_STEYL/?fIHaHdb&pv=7

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  • charlene.dednam - 2012-11-13 14:51

    Hoe kan mense so wreed wees met diere?!!!!! En boonop kom hulle nog weg daarmee.

      gavin.green.7798 - 2012-11-13 15:21

      Did you know that the private parts of a Rhino poacher sells on the black market for R1000000.00??

      chez.kri - 2012-11-13 15:51

      @gavin. hey, thats a good idea. lets start a campaign for Rhino poachers body parts.

  • gavin.green.7798 - 2012-11-13 15:08

    I hope they show their faces in the video, maybe its time someone ambushed them and cut their noses off!!! That will send a message to these hartless poachers. I will physically assault any one of them if i walk past them in the street.

  • nomfezeko.quvana - 2012-11-13 15:46

    my heart aches when i read news in South Africa, especially crime and corruption related ones. To think that a Thai national has been killing our rhinos for money, and to top it all he is roaming around not in jail explains clearly our law. It reminds of a South African lady that was arrested in Thailand for smuggling drugs. Clearly South Africa has become a haven for all sorts of crime, criminals from other countries are attracted to South Africa to do all sorts of crime and knowing that they will get away with it. South Africa, when are you going to wake up and change your laws, cause I think this is priority, oh I forgot Mangaung is priority. What a beautiful country we have that is slowly being destroyed, it is a shame.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-13 16:16

    why do have to show us more horror? for g*ds sake we all know whats going out there in the rhino world and we all want it stopped - without having to sit through an amateur slaughter video. I too have a very vivid imagination and have seen enough pictures of these beautiful, majestic animals carcasses - as if this isn't enough to shock us!!!

  • marilyn.glockle - 2012-11-13 16:24

    The sound of the screaming of the wounded rhino in the clip advertising the 3rd degree programme on Enca. was enough for me. And to think the shooter did it another 26 times was it? Absolutely heartbreaking!

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-11-13 19:36


  • vassan.naidoo.9 - 2012-11-13 22:27

    our government, show some morality, dignity and loyalty to our beloved country....spend OUR money on saving our beautiful rhino, getting rid of poverty and homelessness...instead of gut wrenching renovations on politicians luxurious houses etc..."cry the beloved country"

  • thabang.mamabolo.96 - 2012-11-13 23:17

    This people are killing our rhino's for money they should be killed too so dat their families feel da pain that we as people feel they diminishing our world. May they die in hell wth their user(devil)himself.

  • des.wolfaardt - 2012-11-14 07:55

    I saw the video on my phone and I was so heartbroken when I heard the cry of the Rhino! These \damned\ so called humans are going to regret this video for a very long time! They are the \animals\ in this video! If this does not \break your heart\, I do not know what will!! 3rd Degree is doing what needs to be done! Thank you! Steyl (who shot the Rhino) YOU ARE EXPOSED!! You will get your due! You and your \hunting companions\ are trash!

  • owengwyn.slater - 2012-11-14 12:03

    My father was a big game hunter in the 50's & 60's. He would never shoot a Rhino because he called them the Knights of the African bush. I've seen the footage of this Rhino kill, and the sounds the terrified animal was making brought tears to my eyes. Reality tells me that this will be a conflict between the authorities and criminals,not unlike drug wars where huge sums of money are exchanged.The love of money is truly the root of all evil.Extreme,radical measures need to be taken to curb this menace. Measures that may be outside the written law,if we are to stand any hope of stopping this slaughter.We Rhodesians have a saying,"if you want to kill the snake,you must cut off it's head".

  • JGPorteous - 2012-11-20 10:30

    Help me hunt a rhino poacher www.rhinodrone.co.za

  • JGPorteous - 2012-11-20 10:30

    Help me hunt a rhino poacher www.rhinodrone.co.za

  • maggie.collins.94801 - 2012-12-17 10:35

    "it cries while it tries to get away and it shot over and over"? Sounds like it was tied up. This of course is a travesty. And no sport at all. These men should be tied to a tree and shot at the same way. No mercy since they chose to shown NONE! M. Collins

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