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Postby bitis keeper » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:30 pm

So last week Thursday a well known poacher from SA was caught in Namibia by our local natcon officers he had 7 poached B. caudalis on him as well as some exotic species he smuggled in. He was given a fine of R4200
The snakes wont be euthanised and will end up at the living desert snake park in Swakopmund.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Sfourie » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:11 pm

R4200? What a joke!
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Re: BUSTED

Postby bitis keeper » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:17 pm

Yeah its pretty sad but things will change soon!
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Tagged » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:37 pm

who was it?
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Crash » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:38 pm

R4200 is this some kinda joke! Should get jail time not a fine. What point is this putting out their:[
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Natcon NC » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:39 pm

I see he has a few snakes for sale in the classifieds must be to pay for the fines. Enjoy the weather in KZN
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Davidc » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:30 pm

Is this the same guy that runs a reptile park ion the KZN coast?
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Re: BUSTED

Postby kfc223 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:57 am

No, its not PV.

It's a private collector/keeper.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Pieter89 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:30 am

Why not name & shame?
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Natcon NC » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:19 am

There are legal implications but I am working to get the facts from Namibia and once I have it I will place the name here
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Bushviper » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:48 am

That's like R600 per snake. Not much of a deterrent now is it. They sell for more than that locally. They get about 8 times as much in Europe.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby bitis keeper » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:37 pm

It was Andrew Hackett that was caught along with a local guy who's name I dont have.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Davidc » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:02 pm

I wish that they would throw the book at these guys.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby fredsmith » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:36 am

R4200 fine? Almost makes smuggling a worthwhile endeavor when the penalties are so small vs the value of the animals, I'm disgusted.
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Re: BUSTED

Postby Natcon NC » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:58 pm

Can now confirm that it was one Andrew Hacket that was caught and received a fine of $2100.00 Namibian. The reptiles were confiscated. Fined for possession and transport of wild animals without permits. That is why it is so low as they could not prove that he was going to export the animals which would have increased the fine. :smt018
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