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Julian Rademeyer (author of Killing for Profit) talks to City Press

Julian Rademeyer (author of Killing for Profit) talks to City Press

Extracted from the interview done by Yolandi Groenewald of City Press.

Since the release of his book about rhino poaching, Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer is now very much in the thick of exposing wildlife trafficking’s sordid underbelly.

“Joburg is pretty much the wildlife-trafficking capital of the world,” he says. “The stories you can find close to OR Tambo.”

An investigative journalist of many years, Rademeyer is used to hanging out with unsavoury characters, such as the notorious Radovan Krejcir, but it was only a few years ago that he stumbled on to the lucrative wildlife-trading market.

Veteran game ranger Ian Player once wrote: “The screams of agony from rhino that have had their horns chopped off while still alive should reach into the hearts of all of us.”

Rademeyer says when he first read those words, he had no idea what Player meant. “Months later, I heard those terrible dying cries for the first time. They have stayed with me ever since.”

What makes it such a compelling read is Rademeyer’s access to the players - Dawie Groenewald, Johnny Olivier, Chumlong Lemtongthai and Paul O’Sullivan to name a few.

Rademeyer provides an eye-opening glimpse into the world of those who profit from the deaths of the ancient, embattled rhino. It is a nasty glimpse indeed.

Click here to read the full story.

About the book:

On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. This is the chilling story of a two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld and the merciless syndicates that will stop at nothing to obtain 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 fifty million years — from extinction.

Click here for more information on Killing for Profit.

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