Save the Rhino - Petitions

Sun May 20, 2012 9:34 am

SAVE THE RHINO - SIGN THE PETITION, PLEASE

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Dear friends,



The rhino is being hunted to the brink of extinction, driven by growing horn demand in Asia. But EU pressure on China and Vietnam can force international action to save the rhino -- sign our petition today to ensure the EU acts!


The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone -- a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off. European nations could lead the world to a new plan to save these amazing creatures but they need to hear from us first!

Fueling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies and good luck charms in China and Vietnam. Protests from South Africa have so far been ignored by the authorities, but Europe has the power to change this by calling for a ban on all rhino trade -- from anywhere, to anywhere -- when countries meet at the next crucial international wildlife trade summit in July.

The situation is so dire that the threat has even spread into British zoos who are on red-alert for rhino killing gangs! Let’s raise a giant outcry and urge Europe to push for new protections to save rhinos from extinction. When we reach 100,000 signers, our call will be delivered in Brussels, the decision-making heart of Europe, with a crash of cardboard rhinos. Every 50,000 signatures will add a rhino to the crash -- bringing the size of our movement right to the door of EU delegates as they decide their position. Sign the petition below then forward this email widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/?vl

So far this year one rhino has been killed every day in South Africa, home to at least 80% of the world’s remaining wild rhinos. Horns now have a street value of over $65,000 a kilo -- more expensive than gold or platinum. The South African Environment Minister has pledged to take action by putting 150 extra wardens and even an electric fence along the Mozambique border to try and stem the attacks -- but the scale of the threat is so severe that global action is required.

Unless we act today we may lose this magnificent and ancient animal species permanently. Some Chinese are loudly lobbying for the trade in horn to be relaxed, but banning the trade in all rhinos will silence them. With the EU’s leadership, we can bring these international gangsters to justice, put the poachers in prison, and push for public awareness programmes in key Asian countries -- and end this horn horror show for good.

In the next few weeks, the EU will be setting its agenda for the next big global meeting in just a few months -- our best chance of turning the tide against the slaughter. We know that rhinos will be on their agenda, but only our pressure can ensure they challenge the problem at its source. Let’s build a giant outcry and deliver it in a spectacular fashion -- sign now and together we can stop the slaughter across Africa:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/?vl

In 2010, Avaaz’s actions helped to stop the elephant ivory trade from exploding. In 2012, we can do the same for the rhino. When we speak out together, we can change the world -- last year was the worst year ever for the rhino, but this can be the year when we win.

With hope,

Iain, Sam, Maria Paz, Emma, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

More Information:

Few Rhinos Survive Outside Protected Areas (WWF)
ttp://www.worldwildlife.org/species/fin ... hinos.html

South Africa record for rhino poaching deaths (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15571678

'Cure for cancer' rumour killed off Vietnam's rhinos (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2 ... rn-vietnam

British Zoos on Alert as Rhino Poaching Hits the UK (International Business Times)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/28979 ... g-hits.htm

Save the Rhino

Thu May 31, 2012 3:16 pm

The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone -- a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off. European nations could lead the world to a new plan to save these amazing creatures but they need to hear from us first!

Clink on the link to sign the petition:

Save the Rhino

Re: Save the Rhino

Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:29 pm

776,651

Slowly but surely! ^Q^

Re: Save the Rhino

Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:32 pm

777,903

Picking up a bit today! \O

Re: SAVE THE RHINO - SIGN THE PETITION, PLEASE

Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:26 pm

Hi sabstaa, and welcome to the forum! \O

Apparently it is against the law, an infringement of human rights to deliberately poison the horn to cause damage to the person that ingests it. O/ If I was the rule maker I'd say go for it!!! ;-)

I personally don't see why poachers and end users of the product should maintain the human rights, these animals also had a right to live before they were slaughtered. :evil:

Re: SAVE THE RHINO - SIGN THE PETITION, PLEASE

Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:36 pm

Hello, sabstaa!

Beside the fact that it may be immoral, the practicalities of significantly poisoning enough horn to make a difference is a moot point, unless one floods the market?

Kruger provides the bulk of poached horn, and they are certainly not going to go to the expense of darting and poisoning their rhinos!

Also, those private owners that claim to have poisoned their rhinos' horns say the poison is not lethal, but incredibly debilitating, so as an Asian buyer I would take my chances! ;-)

Petition: Reinstate the charges against Marnus Steyl

Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:08 pm

Petition: Reinstate the charges against Marnus Steyl

The South African rhino horn syndicate case involving game farmer Marnus Steyl, professional hunter Harry Claassens, and Thai nationals Chumlong Lemtongthai, Punpitak Chunchom, and Tool Sriton came to a close on Friday 9th November 2012 with charges being withdrawn against Mr Marnus Steyl and a guilty plea was entered by Chumlong Lemgtonthai. We believe that despite the 40 year sentence that Mr Lemtongthai received that justice has not been served by the withdrawal of charges against Mr Steyl. 26 Rhinos were killed for the purpose of getting the horns onto the illegal rhino horn market in Asia.
Below is a link to disturbing video footage of just of 1 of the 26 Rhino that were killed in a so-called "legal" rhino trophy hunt, carried out at the behest of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate:
http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-11-08-i ... egal-hunt/

Re: Petition: Reinstate the charges against Marnus Steyl

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:19 am

Sighned \O

Re: Save the Rhino - Petitions

Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:04 am

Make Rhino Poaching a Felony in Mozambique

BY ELIZABETH KOONCE
Target: Mozambique Government

Goal: Increase the crime of rhinoceros poaching in Mozambique from a misdemeanor to a felony.

There are less than 5,000 rhinoceros left in Africa as of 2013. The brutal slaughter of rhinos for their valuable horns has spiraled out of control, with more than 500 rhinos killed in 2012 alone. These horns, believed to be an aphrodisiac in some Asian cultures, is actually made of keratin; the same material that makes up our fingernails. Now, with the Western Black Rhino declared extinct, and its close relatives teetering on the cusp of destruction, action must be taken.
A large number of the poachers and dealers of horns are based in Mozambique, which has limited punishments for this illegal act, classifying it as a simple misdemeanor. Mozambique borders on the Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, a sanctuary that the remaining rhinos call home. Unfortunately, poachers from Mozambique frequently trek into the reserve to find their quarry- and receive minimum punishment for their crimes. The poachers cross the border with semi-automatic weapons, endangering not only this remarkable species, but dedicated game rangers as well. The illegal trade of rhino horn in Mozambique is prosperous, and many desperate individuals are willing to go to great lengths to profit. Please urge the Mozambique government to increase the crime of illegal rhinoceros poaching and the trade of rhinoceros horn from a misdemeanor to a felony (class 5).

PETITION LETTER
Dear Government of Mozambique,
Due to the severe decrease in rhinoceros numbers from illegal poaching, it is vital that we act now before this entire species is extinct. There are less than 5,000 of these remarkable creatures left in Africa, and action must be taken. With many poachers crossing the border between Mozambique and South Africa to hunt illegally in the Kruger National Park, there have been many suggestions for changes to remedy the situation.
Rather than using violence to fight violence, or building an expensive fence, I urge you to make a simple change in your policy on the crime of rhino poaching. Please increase the status of rhinoceros poaching and the trade of rhinoceros horn from a misdemeanor to a felony (class 5). If this law can stop just one desperate individual, and save even a single rhino, it will make all the difference in the world.

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Re: Save the Rhino - Petitions

Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:31 am

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