=> Petition published by Dr Van Dyke on Apr 05, 2012


Correction an American . . . in South Africa is "having fun"
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Here is a trophy hunter riding his fresh rhino kill like a bucking bronco and having a good old laugh.
The *American tourist had just legally shot the rhino four times as it ran in away in terror before dying in a bush, its body was then set up for a series of sick photos. The killer also legally killed a lion, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard.
Here is what the *South African government is allowing to happen to their heritage, shocking!!



Jayantakumar Das Nov 24, 2012 : Considering wild elephant's population against human beings,wild elephants are many times more valuable than human beings. People retaliate when attacked or killed by wild elephants.But thousands of people have been dying in road accidents daily with little reaction!I have a few solutions meant for Assam :(a) Deployment of more young forest personal equipped with sophisticated weapons.
(b) Survey of the lands occupied by tea gardens so as to find out if forest lands have been encroached.
(c) Tea gardens must maintain a trained staff of their own to tackle the emergency situations.
(d) Tea gardens must maintain plantation free forest area inside their gardens so that herds of wild elephants could take rest undisturbed.
(e) Materials like salt,urea,pesticides etc must never be dumped anywhere.
(f) Construction of electric fencing by tea gardens or individuals must be stopped.
(g) A few interested local NGO must be motivated to help forest department to check poaching or illegal felling of trees. For this the members of NGO must be given proper training so that they understand wild animal behaviour and can create awareness among other villagers.
(h) Strict legal procedure must be taken against people found to be involved in killing of wild animals or felling of trees inside reserve forests.
(i) Records showed that most human causalities have been occurred in the tea garden area particularly in the evening or night time.People of such areas be properly advised to be alert and not to venture out in the evening or night. Wild elephants in a herd usually do not attack people.But loner elephants (who have been expelled from the herd) are very dangerous.People must avoid them at any cost.
(j) Mini forests in the form JFMC (Joint Forest Management Committee) must be formed on vacant lands in villages or Indo-Bhutan border where wild elephants could take temporary shelter.One such JFMC man made forest has been successfully established at Sapangaon village near Bhairabkunda. Here nearly 5000 bighas of barren sandy lands have been converted into a spectacular new forest. This JFMC has even been drawing tourists from other places of the state.

Petition published by Dr Van Dyke on Apr 05, 2012


Rhino poaching deaths continue to increase in South Africa

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Why this is important

The pro-trade lobby has tried to justify rhino horn trade in economic terms. These justifications are based on flawed & dangerous assumptions and often proposed by those with a vested financial interest in trade.

Legalizing trade will prevent poaching - On the contrary, legalizing trade has the potential to increase poaching to unsustainable levels by increasing demand and potentially even raising prices which will see a decline in rhinoceros populations.

At face value, legalizing trade could bring much needed funding to South African National Parks and reserves. Notwithstanding the real risks and unintended consequences it would be morally reprehensible, highly irregular and irresponsible to promote trade at anytime into the foreseeable future before other more sustainable sources of revenue are thoroughly investigated.

Demand will remain stable - Advocates of legalized trade predict that free trade will increase supply to such an extent that prices will drop. This prediction relies on a dangerous assumption that demand will not grow significantly in the future and that there is enough horn to satisfy demand.

When illegal markets are legalized, new consumers enter the market thereby increasing demand, possibly even raising prices. The incentive to cease illegal trade fails when prices rise. The truth is, demand data is inaccurate or unknown, and arguments about lowering prices by increasingly supply only hold true if demand is predictable.

All trade will be legal - Advocates of trade suggest that legal rhino horn sold through a Centralized Selling Organization (CSO) will eradicate illegal trade on the black market.

However, restrictions on market participants and the quantities sold will drive those excluded from legal horn trade underground. The black market will not be subject to any taxes and /or levies and will thus enjoy greater profitability. The notion that legalizing trade will eliminate illegal trade displays an ignorance of how organized crime works and is naïve at best.

On this basis alone any formal consideration of legalized trade is misguided, dangerous and could lead to increased demand and, ultimately, the extinction of the rhinoceros in the wild.

We call on the government of South Africa to take the precautionary route and reject any changes to the current annotations as set out in CITES Appendix II relating to the SA population of white rhino and not permit ANY commercial trade in rhino horn.

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Black rhinos moved to new home by helicopter :

by WWF on Nov 10, 2011

A group of 19 critically endangered black rhinos have been moved from South Africa's Eastern Cape to a new range in the Limpopo province to encourage increased breeding and population growth. The location is the seventh new habitat established by the WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.