GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
Started 4 petitions
JAPAN STOP THE IVORY TRADE
GMFER supports the efforts of the Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund, a non-profit and non-governmental organisation that contributes to the conservation of wildlife. If Japan continues its policy to register undocumented elephant tusks, thousands of visitors will be able to purchase ivory hanko and other ivory products at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We want to pressurize Japan to close their domestic ivory market. Megan Carr VP Social Media GMFER
GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINO
Demand Ban On US Imports of Elephant Hunting Trophies
The Obama administration banned imports of of trophies from Zimbabwe in 2014 after finding the nation's management of legal hunting did not enhance the survival of the African elephant in the wild. Donald Trump's administration has decided to allow the remains of endangered elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported into the United States of America. Elephants are listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act and importing ivory into America is banned unless certain conditions are met. Trump has argued that hunting could help conservation efforts.
Demanding Justice for Rhino in KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa
According to numerous media reports the most notorious alleged KZN Rhino poaching syndicate leader Dumisani Gwala was arrested in 2014. The reports were made by Barend Lottering,owner of Nyathi APU and Simon Naylor head of conservation at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. They stated that the arrest took place after a year-long undercover operation. Dumisani Gwala, they said, is apparently responsible for 80% of the Rhino poaching that takes place in KZN. Jamie Joseph of Saving the Wild took over the media campaign in 2016 and added the narrative that during the arrest process, Gwala apparently tried to run over one of the arresting Police Officers with his car. We have not been able to substantiate this information. We are sure that this information will be confirmed or denied in a court of law. According to the NPA, Official Police Reports and the DEA Dumisani Gwala was charged with crimes related to the sale and purchasing of Rhino horn during a South African Police sting operation. He was granted bail of R10 000.00 During the period 2016 to date Jamie Joseph has alleged that bribes have been paid to named, justice officials in order to keep Gwala out of the courtroom and out of jail. These allegations have not been substantiated. We are waiting for confirmation of these allegations which should be announced when the Magistrates Commission reveals its findings. There have been many delays in this matter. We ask that the NPA of KZN expedites a streamlined, speedy judicial process. The trial of Dumisani Gwala will apparently commence on the 12th December 2018. Please sign this petition to the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa as a matter of urgency., For further detailed up to the minute information please follow: Facebook : @rhinosinafrica; @March4Elephants Image Credit Megan Carr, Rhino in KZN
BAN THE SOUTH AFRICAN DOMESTIC TRADE IN RHINO HORN
On the 5th April 2017 South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that she planned to permit the trade in rhino horn domestically and to allow the export internationally of Rhino Horn for 'personal purposes'. She chose the option to trade in rhino horn instead of re-instituting the moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn in the correct procedural manner. The South African Government has in the past been accused and found guilty of corruption at the highest levels. Informed conservationists feared that the implementation process of the proposed permits for trade will be less than perfect. The rhino horn farmers have complained that they have had difficulties with obtaining permits that they have been stymied by the South African government and the bureaucracy of the CITES system. Conservationists have been asking the South African government to release official poaching statistics for six months. They were released and do not reflect any improvement regarding the rhino poaching crisis. Poaching figures may be less in the Kruger National Park BUT that is a result of fewer rhino being available to poach. Rhino in South Africa are facing extinction. Conservationists have confirmed their own figures that on average three rhino per day are losing their lives to rhino poachers. The opening of the domestic trade of horn has not slowed the extinction of this iconic species. The South African Government are curators of an enormous Rhino Horn stockpile. The black market value of Rhino horn is £51 000 per kilogram. This black market value makes Rhino Horn more valuable than Gold, Platinum for Diamonds per gram. At CoP17 held in Johannesburg in October 2016 the international community voted overwhelmingly AGAINST the trade in Rhino Horn. The rhino horn farmers will be encouraging the South African government to apply to legalize the international trade in rhino horn at CITES CoP18 in Sri Lanka in May 2019.