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Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

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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
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Zebra Press (Random House Struik) (first published November 1st 2012)
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This was a hard slog for me. At no point did I want to give up on reading it but I wasn't super compelled to read it. I think the problem was I didn't know it was going to be purely investigative piece of journalism that lasted an entire book. I would have been more impressed if a narrative was woven into the facts and an opinion was taken.I instead found it a little dry and it often introduced a new cast of people in each chapter so you couldn't develop a proper opinion yourself. It also left ...more
Cintain 昆遊龍
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Blood curdling, yet impossible to put down. The depths of human depravity and greed know no limits... hard not to agree with the views expressed by some of the author's interviewees, namely that legalising rhino horn trade and farming for it are ultimately the only way humans stand a chance to slow down the complete disappearance of rhinos. The kind of book that leaves one with a sense of loss of faith in humanity. Important read.
Becky Dale
This book has loads of good anecdotes and raw information about the rhino horn trade, but I did struggle to keep track of the chronology and was routinely distracted by the shifting tense structure. If written a bit tighter, it could be brilliant. Still a very worthwhile read.
Sibel Hodge
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 thats found in your hair and
Sally Seymore
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read! A warning though - it's not a pleasant read and at times it made my stomach turn. I can't believe the cruelty inflicted on these animals, but then one only has to look around to see what man is doing to his fellow species and it becomes believable. The killing of rhinos can only be put down to greed and there are so many levels of society involved in this.
David L.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book as research for my new work. i also spent a solid month in S. Africa researching the rhino poaching debacle and horn trade. This book nails it, in cogent language and intense, adventure-riddled research. Kudos, and a must read for anyone wanting to be up to speed on the world of poaching driven by organized crime.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible accomplishment in investigative journalism. The author delves deep into the shocking levels of greed and corruption that have made life hell for these unfortunate creatures in the last 50 years. Impeccably researched and very well written. Well done Mr Rademeyer!
David Cornwall
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary piece of investigative journalism. A must read for anyone interested in the criminal world and organised crime. The writer has gone to great lengths and taken great risks to produce this book.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Few books have delved into the underworld of illegal wildlife trafficking like this one has done. Get it.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacques Pauw
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant but harrowing. Reads like a thriller.
Killing for Profit is not an easy read for a number of reasons. For many, the topic of dead animals is a difficult one to bear and the thought of rampant greed and corruption creates a feeling of fury and helplessness. While author Julian Rademeyer leads the reader through these true crimes and events from the start of the modern African rhino horn trade, he does so without prejudice and inspires the reader to draw conclusions or to take steps on their own to seek out solutions to the illegal ...more
Gaurav Pandey
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best quote of the book I feel - In Vietnam, it(Rhino Horn) has become a party drug for the wealthy and a panacea for the rich. And yet, it offers no real scientific benefits. Its value is artificial, founded on myth and propagated by greed Julian Rademeyer

Heart wrenching, anguishing and gritty book that made by cry like anything.
A read of in-depth investigation which let you know about the shocking heights of corruption and greed which causing an increase cases of rhino poaching every year and
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, not a moment was boring. Overall a bit sad to read, you realise as an individual there's little you can do, but it's good that this book exists to try to educate people about the scale of the problem.

Some of the chapters didn't flow as a unit and had bits of irrelevant details, perhaps the author was trying to pad each chapter out to an even 20 pages, I'm not sure.
Denise Huxham
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad indightment of how SA troops stripped Angola of wildlife
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book on a bad subject.

Impeccably researched, this is a depressing historical account of how the South African Army, its (Apartheid-era government), unprincipled South African land-owners, corrupt cops, hungry Mozambican and Zimbabwean poachers, Vietnamese diplomats, Thai thugs and prostitutes, a Laotian mafia boss protected by his country's government, and many other sordid characters have conspired one way or another over the past 3 decades to all but wipe out Southern Africa's rhino
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is very detailed and includes a lot of background information but is still easy to follow and digest all of the data. it really opened my eyes to the severity of rhino poaching and how deep and widespread the issue is. It really hit home for me as I read it during my stay in rural South Africa and was able to see first hand how devastating the poaching is and how depleted populations are. This book is a must read, it is a great starting point if you are interested in becoming more ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conservation - An accurate take on the book... It's not necessarily an easy read as it confronts you with the hard reality of a criminal business that involves so many layers of the society from the participating countries (and ours is not left out...). Knowing the details is crucial in order to make any progress in fighting their preservation and the preservation of any other big and small game species...
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a well-written, engaging, and solid book. the non-linear narrative resolves into a story built of concentric circles of greed and corruption (both pre and post apartheid), collusion at all levels and across nations (and races), and the blatant arrogance of humans towards animals. the concentric circles of narrative show us the circles of hell humanity has become in the face of money.
Nick Tredger
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for anyone involved with or concerned about the plight of the world's rhino populations. As a species humans should hang their heads in shame - we don't deserve to share this planet.
Fiona Southwood
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traffic of the rhino horn trade
Wayne Bisset
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only book on the market about rhino poaching worth reading at present. Some surprising facts about people involved.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The terrible background to the war against rhino poaching. Made me despair.
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Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor of fact-checking and news website He has written and worked for many of South Africas major newspapers including City Press, the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Beeld, Pretoria News and The Herald. He has also freelanced for international publications and news agencies including Reuters, the Sydney Morning ...more

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