GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS

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On behalf of the grassroots global organisation which is registered in the USA I have started a number of petitions. These petitions are aimed at raising awareness about specific matters pertaining to Elephant, Rhino and Lion. I regularly update the petitions with current news relating to the particular subject matter. The petitions raise awareness and provide interested parties the opportunity to voice his or her opinion by means of signing a petition. The petitions are addressed to specific leaders and decision makers. These petitions will also be delivered to the voting members of CITES at CoP18 in Colombo in Sri Lanka in May/June 2019. Megan Carr VP Social Media GMFER

    Started 6 petitions

    Petitioning Overstrand Municipality, CAPE NATURE, Democratic Alliance, NSPCA SOUTH AFRICA, BETTER TOURISM AFRICA, BRAND SOUTH AFRICA, Trip Advisor, South African Tourism Board

    OVERSTRAND MUNICIPALITY AND CAPE NATURE, ELEPHANT RIDES AND ZOOS ARE OUTDATED PRACTICES

      https://www.netwerk24.com/ZA/Hermanus-Times/Nuus/kleinmond-game-farm-proposed-20190306-2 ELEPHANT RIDING AND ZOO’S ARE NO LONGER POPULAR TOURIST ACTIVITIES  Elephant riding is no longer a popular tourist activity.  Facilities offering this service are facing closure all over the world.  With an increasing global awareness for the welfare issues and training methods associated with elephant back riding, a drive to end the practice worldwide is gaining momentum.  With the development of global guidelines for animal welfare in tourism by the UK’s Travel Industry Association over a hundred international travel companies have pledged to stop promoting elephant rides.  Kleinmond is a small coastal town in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province, in South Africa.  It is situated inside a UNESCO declared biosphere about 90 km east of Cape Town between Betty’s Bay and Hermanus.  Craig Saunders, shareholder of ELEPHANT VENTURES CC and owner of Lamloch Farm a 450 hectare area of environmentally sensitive land, plans to house elephants in a 20 hectare electrified enclosure in his tourist venture.  Saunders has three other elephant riding facilities at Hartbeespoort Dam, at Hazyview and The Crags near Plettenberg Bay.  South African Tourism has taken a firm position stating:  “South African Tourism does not promote or endorse any interactions with wild animals such as petting of cats, interacting with elephants and walking with cheetahs”. We strongly object to the establishment of a facility where wild animals are enclosed unnaturally and exploited for financial gain.  The OVERSTRAND area is naturally beautiful and it attracts a lot of local and foreign visitors.  We do not believe that a facility housing wild animals will benefit anyone other than the developer and owner.  Facilities such as this face closure all over the world.  Humans recognize the fact that wild animals should live in their natural environments without unnecessary human interaction.  Please join us be enlightening the decision makers with the real facts.  Megan Carr and Rosemary Alles Global March For Elephants and Rhinos Michele Pickover EMS Foundation Smargda Louw Ban Animal Trading Organisation Stefania Falcon Future 4Wildlife       

    GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
    35,808 supporters
    Petitioning National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, Advocate Noko, Director of Public Prosecutions KZN Advocate Moipone Noko, Advocate Shamila Batohi

    Demanding Justice for the People and the Rhino in KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa

      Dear Advocate Shamila Batohi,  SUSPICIOUS RHINO POACHING CASES AND RELATED MATTERS KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA As a concerned South African citizen and a wildlife conservation volunteer, I hereby formally request the urgent assistance of your office.   Our country has undergone a tumultuous decade where many state run institutions have been compromised and have therefore not been able to operate effectively.   Criminal,  self-serving individuals seem to have been operating with impunity.  In particular, I would like to bring your attention to the following matters that need urgent follow up investigation.  There have been many recorded rhino poaching and attempted rhino poaching cases in KwaZulu Natal that appear to be very unusual. In many of these particular cases, the alleged poachers have lost their lives.  I have a list of these suspicious SAPS case numbers.  Whilst these particular incidents have received official police case numbers, many of these cases were never enrolled in a court of law.  When questioned, representatives of the NPA have cited insufficient or non-existent evidence as being the reason.   Presently, one of most widely reported and most curious  rhino poaching related incidents in KwaZulu Natal, is the Dumisani Gwala matter. According to numerous media reports, the notorious and the alleged KZN Rhino poaching syndicate leader, Dumisani Gwala, was “captured” in a trap on the 18th of December 2014.  Prior to these reports surrounding his capture there is no mention of this man with regard to rhino poaching.  He also has no prior police record with regard to rhino poaching or illegal wildlife trading. You would be hard pressed not to think that this was a case of mistaken identity.  The details of the “capture” were not supplied by the South African Police but by Barend Lottering, owner of Nyathi APU and Simon Naylor who is the head of conservation at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and who is also one of the directors of the Munyawana Conservation Fund.  They jointly stated, in very detailed media reports, with supplied images, that “the capture” took place after an eight-month undercover Police operation.   Dumisani Gwala, they concluded is apparently responsible for 80% of the Rhino poaching that takes place in KZN.    To give some context according to official DEA records 99 rhino were poached in KwaZulu Natal in 2014.  Joseph, a blogger and founder of Saving the Wild originally from South Africa who calls New Zealand her home, was employed, according to sources, by Nyathi APU to assist with the Dumisani Gwala media campaign in January 2016.   Joseph has informed her followers, on various social media platforms,  that ex-Policeman Jean Pierre Van Zyl Roux is the mastermind behind the capture and arrest of Dumisani Gwala, he is also involved with all the other cases that need the urgent attention of your office.  Joseph has added the narrative, which was not included in 2014 reports not on the original police docket, but has been widely published in the media, that during the arrest process, Gwala apparently tried to run over one of the arresting officers with his car.   We have not been able to substantiate this information.  However, we are hopeful that all the information that has been so widely published in her international media campaign has indeed been carefully fact checked. We are also hopeful that all the information that has been shared by the various campaigns will be confirmed or denied in a court of law. The video evidence required by the laws that govern the sanctioning of the 252A trap that resulted in the capture will confirm what really took place.  Despite the eight-month prior investigation, according to the NPA, the official Police documents apparently state that Dumisani Gwala was charged with conspiracy to deal in rhino horn and that this misdemeanor allegedly took place during a South African Police reverse-sting operation. Clearly the eight month investigation did not deliver sufficient evidence for an arrest.  Joseph continually reported in the media that there was an attempted murder charge that was going to be added to the charge sheet.  According to NPA officials there is no record of an attempted murder charge in the official police documents. Similarly when the dockets were presented at the bail hearing there was no mention of an attempted murder charge.  Similarly, based upon the aforementioned official charges, which are allegedly recorded on all official Police records, Dumisani Gwala was granted bail of R10 000.00.  This bail amount was granted in a court of law by an experienced Magistrate with a Senior Prosecutor in attendance.  Furthermore, despite all the allegations, once again made in the media campaign by Lottering, Naylor and Joseph about of fleets of expensive cars and a mansion, according to the NPA and SAPS a single car belonging to Dumisani Gwala was returned to him on his successful bail application.  During the period 2016 to date, Joseph has alleged amongst other, that bribes have been paid to named, justice officials in order to keep Dumisani Gwala out of the courtroom and out of jail. These are serious allegations and as a result the matter has been moved from Mtubatuba Court to Ngwelezane Court and back again.  This has drawn out the matter which is very costly for the state and in fact for the accused.  The media campaign has also negatively highlighted the judicial system in South Africa internationally. The Magistrates Commission during their investigations into Mr Eric Nzimande have stated in writing that there is no evidence, yet, linking any rhino related matters to judicial offices in KZN.  We are still waiting for confirmation of these allegations which should be announced when the Magistrates Commission reveals its findings on the allegations relating specifically to rhino poaching related matters.  There are also rumors that Gwala’s lawyers have been intimidated by the allegations in the ongoing media campaign.  We would very much like to have clarity on these allegations.  We have also been informed by two different legal teams that they are of the opinion that the state might have delayed proceedings with regarding providing evidence timeously.  Indeed, video evidence required by the 252A was only delivered to the defense attorney in late February 2019. Nearly three years after it was requested.  The writer was present in court on the 29th January 2019 and privy to the various excuses provided by the state in this regard.  The opposite has been reported in the media.  We, ask now that the NPA expedites a streamlined, speedy judicial process. The trial of Dumisani Gwala has not yet commenced, dates have finally been set down for 24th April 2019.  Whilst Joseph has stated in the media that the court officials have received death threats.  We have not been able to confirm this allegation. Similarly the writer has been present on six occasions at Ngwelezane and Mtubatuba Courts and there were no death threats issued and no need for security of any kind.  We sincerely hope that these unsubstantiated allegations do not delay this matter.    IMPORTANT NOTE: The author of this petition has received written threats by email and suffered intimidation on social media.  The issuer of the threats has made no attempt to disguise herself.  Despite opening a criminal case in two provinces in South Africa the intimidation continues on social media, this has been forwarded to the relevant authorities and the South African Police.   Failure to take the matter seriously in a court of law has also been reported to the Magistrate’s Commission.  Megan Carr THANK YOU FOR SIGNING OUR PETITION PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU DO DECIDE TO COMMENT THAT YOUR COMMENTS ARE FREE OF RACIAL INUENDO OR HATE SPEECH.     Image Credit Megan Carr, Rhino in KZN      

    GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
    111,769 supporters
    Petitioning CITES, Ms Magdel Boshoff

    BAN THE SOUTH AFRICAN TRADE IN RHINO HORN AND THE GLOBAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES PARTS

    On the 5th April 2017 the late, 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'. After losing a court case 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. The rhino poaching statistics released in February 2019 have raised many questions. IF the poaching figures do really indicate a reduction in loss of rhino this fact would question the necessity for trade.  Poaching figures may be less in the Kruger National Park BUT that is a result of fewer rhino being available to poach.  Elephant poaching has increased in the Kruger National Park. Elephant poaching has increased dramatically in neighboring Botswana as discovered by scientist Dr Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders.  Rhino in South Africa are still facing extinction. South Africa has lost half its rhino population since this crisis began. 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 2019. Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa have proposed the lifting of the ban on the sale of their ivory stockpiles.   Megan Carr VP Social Media GMFER

    GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS
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