• Petitioned European Union & C.I.T.E.S

This petition was delivered to:

International Wildlife Defence Force
European Union & C.I.T.E.S

"Say no to C.I.T.E.S lifting the ban on Rhino horn trade"

    1. Jean Marie
    2. Petition by

      Jean Marie

      paris, France

BEFORE SEPTEMBER 2012 WE NEED 100,000+ SIGNATURES AND VOICES OR THE RHINO AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES WILL LOOSE THEIR VOICE

(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) or CITES are going to meet goverment environmentalists and wildlife experts to talk on having the trade in Rhino horn lifted.

The Rhino are in grave danger on the ground in South Africa and it's bordering countries of being wiped off the face of the earth meaning (extinction).

Rhino kills for 2011 hit a staggering 500+ kills and for 2012 so far the amount poached is just over 100+. At 2-3 a day the Rhino can not populate fast enough.

The Rhino and other endangered animals that China and Vietnam use for (T.C.M) Traditional Chinese Medicine are now in even more grave danger "SHOULD" C.I.T.E.S lift the ban that was imposed in the 1970's.

The next meeting is due in March 2013 and a proposal needs to be made six months before then. South Africa, being the owner of 80% of Africa’s rhinos, is the obvious choice to make the proposal.

Should the proposal be met then this will end the Rhino forever and other South African endangered species. If you can not control the illegal poaching then the ban
should not even be thought of.

SANParks has asked the Department of Environmental Affairs to put the proposal to the next meeting, and the SADC Rhino Management Group has asked for the same action.

The department has also asked for two studies, as a result of a ministerial rhino summit held in October 2010. Eustace suspects that these studies are a delaying tactic because the Department of Environmental Affairs is scared to put a controversial proposal to Cites that will be opposed by the donor agencies and their followers.

Poachers and hunters are trying to actively engage animal lovers on social media to sway them in to thinking this is the correct way to save the Rhino, but it is not.

Should the ban be lifted then the Rhino will spend it's life of misery on farms just to then have it's horn cut of to fund the Asian market mainly China and Vietnam the top 2 major Rhino killing countries.

We have already seen Asia preparing farms in South Africa that they could be using to prepare for this. To use an animal like this is exploitation and animal abuse. There is no proof at all in Rhino horn being used as medicine and has been proven time again by governmental scientists and wildlife experts.

Should C.I.T.E.S allow the ruling to go ahead then it is sending out the wrong message to the Asian community that Rhino horn is in fact ok to use for medicine.

The ban should it be lifted in March would only cause more problems in the long run for the Rhino and other endangerd species. The black market will will still obtain the horn and sell it by far cheaper therefore moving trade away in the horn from the farmed Rhino should this ever happen.

A cow used to produce milk or beef for humans greed is no different to a Rhino having it's horn cut of for human greed too. This is animal exploitation and we must not allow this to go ahead.

The European Union can place much pressure on C.I.T.E.S to never have the ban lifted. Please when signing place a comment ordering the European Union and C.I.T.E.S to never allow the trade in Rhino horn or other endangered animal parts to be lifted. Your voice here is more than actions alone.

PLEASE SAY NO TO CITES TO NEVER LIFT THE BAN!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. CITES 2016

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends of the Earth - CoP 2016 South Africa

      As we are unable to change the date on the petition the news stands at this. The DEA minister Edna Molewa has now categorically stated that the Rhinoceros horn is up for sale "if all agendas can be me".. This will see the Rhinoceros gone for good. Meaning EXTINCT.

      We are working with Change to now alter this petition of which we continue to ask you to please keep signing. We cannot and must not fail the Rhinoceros or we will see them pushed to extinction.

      Please keep signing. Thank you

    3. Reached 9,000 signatures
    4. Population increasing of white Rhino and black Rhino?

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      There is much confusion about this, the numbers state that white Rhino are increasing aswel as the black Rhino. Well lets put that in to truth as people need to know.

      Jackie Selebi placed a media gag on the census being carried out. This gag has never been lifted, so how can one justify that the population of rhino are increasing when there has been no offical census.

      This is purely guess work, and we would probaly say to try and sway CITES in to lifting the ban. When the gag is lifted THEN ONLY one can say how many Rhino there are in South Africa. Even if the population was at 20,000 which is not a TRUE figure than the Rhino are still in mass danger of being killed. Take the figures today 140+ then add that to how many kills a day, then you will be looking at 1,000+ or just less Rhino kills for 2012, take that of 20,000 then you have a major problem.
      We have to wait for the census to be lifted BEFORE any TRUE figure can be even spoken about.

      RHINO HORN IS NOT MEDICINE

    5. Up Date on Operation Trojan Horse

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Operation Trojan Horse that consists of www crime agencies working with wildlife experts are targeting all online traders to try and knock out the middle man and disrupt the trade therfore reducing poaching and making many arrests.

      So far Operation Trojan horse has found many buyers and sellers and some of these do not even reside in Asia. British Columbia, England and America have all been seen to be selling and/or buying Rhino horn shavings, powder, and Rhino horn its self in vast quantities. This is very concering to us and those that are trying to save the Rhino.

      Looking for these traders is fairly easy, and just by looking on OLX a version of E-bay shows that Rhino horn is being sold by many Asians and non Asians all thinking it is going to cure their mothers sleep apnea, or cancer, mensturation, diabetes, headache and many more. Rhino horn is not medicine.
      The link below shows exactly how bad the issue is. Please google translate or Bing translate thank you.

    6. TIME IS RUNNING OUT WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT URGENTLY

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      CITES will lift the ban if all members of the world do not stand up now and make a stand for the Rhino population that is being poached heavily. The kill stats now stand at for 2012 140+ thats 2-3 Rhino being poached a day.

      This is an urgent message to ALL tourists that are wanting to holiday in South Africa "PLEASE AVOID ALL SOUTH AFRICAN GAME RESERVES OR SOUTH AFRICA ITS SELF" THE DANGER OF BEING CAUGHT IN A GUN BATTLE WITH RANGERS AND POACHERS IS VERY HIGH"

      The government of South Africa are refusing to lift the ban on the census that would show to us how many Rhino are left currently in South Africa. We need this census lifted or if not should CITES then lift the ban the Rhino will vanish. Evidence proves that when CITES lifted the ban regarding the Elephant, there numbers fell due to trophy hunting and poaching which is now out of control in Kenya.

      Your voice counts. Every voice counts. Save the Rhino now! Thank you

    7. Who will be approaching CITES in 2013

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      We do not know yet who will be asking Cites to lift the ban but we would like to share with you all first on what we think.

      Why would Africa want to lift the ban for "and just Africa"? there is no justification in lifting the ban as it holds the largest population of wild game and Rhino, so say 4 Afrcian states wanted this lifted what are they going to do with the horn?. "Nothing" is really the answer, if they are wanting to make money out of this then they will need an international trading body. As by lifting the ban in Africa then the law still applies to those other countries that have not requested the ban to be lifted.

      China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Tibet, India? all of these we think are going to approach Cites as it simply does not make sense for 4 African states or more alone to lift. Why are they going to lift? SIMPLE to make money. Althouh Rhino horn is proven to be of no medicinal value at all.. where there is a way to make money it will be made.

    8. Reason 1 (Why CITES must not consider the ban being made legal)

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Cites must in no way consider lifting the ban for many reasons. Cites lifted the ban slightly on the Elephant ivory trade. Did it work in stamping out or lowering poaching levels? no it did not. Infact the poaching levels increased and now the African elephant is in grave danger. Not just in Africa but also in Zimbabwe and now Kenya. Populations of the Elephant have fallen to great proportions and should the ban be lifted on the trade in Rhino horn then we will see exaclty the same crisis in South Africa as we we have seen in the above named countries and more.

      In 1989 Cites and 115 other countries declared that the ban on ivory sales should banned with immeidate effect. Although evidence showed in some aspects that the poaching fell "slightly" it did not fall enough. 1996 and 1997 witnessed an effort of southern African countries to lift, at least partially, this ban. Then 1999 the ban was lifted and the elephant is now in gross danger of becoming extinct too.

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures
    10. WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      supporters please we need more signatures and more comments. The Rhino must not be farmed like this. Rhino horn is being used to make fake medicine. Please share to everyone. Rhino horn must not be made a legal trade !!

    11. VIETNAM MUST BE EDUCATED THAT RHINO HORN IS NOT MEDICINE

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Vietnam are the number one targets that still think Rhino horn is medicine. They are the number one poachers too. But how do we tackle them? well you can boycott all Asian food produce from Vietnam which will probally not have a real effect anyway as of the vast size of the country. So what else?.

      Well there are embassies all over the world that can be hounded day and night, by E-mail, telephone, or even sit down protests, sit down protests have worked in the past and are highly effective. But is this still going to solve the problem?. Well it could but then we need to look at education. Education is a key factor not just in Vietnam, but also South Africa. There are many options that we will be exploring very soon

      We will be updating a response on how we can tackle Vietnam very soon. They have (T.C.M) practices all over the world so these can be targeted to, by simply exposing them in news formats and then telling the world what they do.

      Don't let Vietnam kill our gentle giants.

    12. 1000 REACHED SO FAR THANK YOU EVERYONE

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Zimbabwe has already called for CITES to lift the ban so far, this is very concerning to those that are fighting to have it never lifted.

      Should the ban be lifted then the Rhino will face a gloomy life on farms all over South Africa where the proposed action is wanting to take place. The Zimbabwe government and 3 other African nations must not influence CITES in lifting this ban.

      The sun will start to slowly go down on our Rhino population should we see the ban lifted. Please show your support NOW and make HISTORY with your voices. Speak up for the voiceless.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. DOES RHINO DE-HORNING WORK? NO IT DOES NOT

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Even under a sustainable dehorning programme there may simply not be enough rhinos to meet the demand for rhino
      horn. In this case poachers would continue to kill rhinos from areas not practicing “rhino farming”. The relationship
      between the volumes of horn traded and the demands of world markets is not well understood and there is a risk that
      it is not possible to influence global prices.
      CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) demands proof of legal acquisition of rhino horn.
      Current stockpiles include horns of unknown origin, including those seized by the government agencies during
      enforcement activities, which can never be sold.
      Even with careful regulation, the establishment of legal trade routes could provide a front for trade from illegallyobtained
      sources, as it may be difficult to establish the origins of the horn.
      Many governments do not have adequate resources to protect animals from illegal poaching, let alone to police a legal
      trade.

    15. Almost 1000 signatures, Thank you to everyone so far that has signed.

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      To all those that are signing, we have see that this petition is going viral everywhere, and that is amazing. But we have until Feb 2013 to get the full 100,000 signatures or more so we can then submit to CITES and also the European Union. The EU are the most powerful voice here in placing pressure on to CITES and the bodies that are approaching them mainly African buisnesmen and wildlife experts.

      We can not allow this to happen. Should CITES decide to lift the ban then this is what will happen.

      Rhino farms will pop up everywhere all over Africa and then the Rhino will have its 2 amazing horns cut straight down in to its face, It takes up to then after this 2 years for the Rhino to re-grow its horn back. Just be cut of again.

      The Rhino babies will be removed from the mothers and fathers which we see as an emotional drain on the mother and father just wanting to live their life.

      Explotation is the main cause here, can you live your life like this? NO so please sign, and comment

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. We are creeping up to 600 WE NEED MORE

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Signers and speakers the Rhino need you now more than ever before. Please help them or say good bye to them

    18. CITES are going to be approached by members of Africa to lift the ban

      Jean Marie
      Petition Organizer

      Calling all citizens and activists of the earth we are (International Wildlife Defence Force) we are now lobbying the European Union along with many others. The link above is a horror to all South African animals. Mainly the Rhino.

      We have until 2013 to reach 100,000 signatures of we fail then the Rhino is DEAD that is a basic fact.

      Please share to everyone you know and to all friends on social meida we need to be hitting 4,000 signatures a day. PEOPLE please c.mon we need signatures and we need mostly of all VOICES your voice is the main fight.

      Rhinos must not be treated like this, this is animal explotation, and no different to that of a cow or sheep being farmed then killed. We now have that fight to stop this, sadlly we could not stop the cattle of sheep and cows, pigs and chickens. But we can save the Rhino

      Please read the horror post above say NO TO RHINO HORN TRADE NOW PLEASE SIGN SHARE BUT MOST OF ALL COMMENT AND TELL THE EU NO TO TRADE.

      Pressure CITES to say NO !! N O W

    19. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Roy Fehrmann GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      weil wir nicht ein Herz für Menschen und eines für Tiere haben entweder wir haben eines oder wir haben keines

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    • Nicole Ronca GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      mitca

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      • 2 months ago

      Save them

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    • uiara schmid BELLEAIR, FL
      • 2 months ago

      THIS EVIL HORN TRADE HAS TO END !

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    • K Y Chow NT, HONG KONG
      • 2 months ago

      disgrace to human race! must stop!

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