RHINOS IN AFRICA

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During the height of the so called “rhino poaching war”, in 2012 I began to support various organisations in South Africa who were trying to raise international awareness for the plight of rhinos. From 2014 to 2020 I was an active member of the volunteer grassroots organisation Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. I have organized events and marches in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Hoedspruit and Zululand. I started fund raising campaigns on their behalf to benefit their chosen campaigns. I supported their social media platforms financially and with many hours of work. I have also initiated a number of petitions over the past few years. These petitions have been designed to raise awareness about aspects related to the various endangered wildlife species in Southern Africa and to give everyone an opportunity to include their voice and their opinion on a convenient platform. The petitions relate more specifically matters pertaining to Elephant, Rhino and Lion and to the humans in communities who live closest to them. The subject matter also includes topics such as trophy hunting, exports of hunting trophies, the ivory trade in the EU and Japan, the domestic rhino horn trade in South Africa, crimes committed against humans in South Africa using the global rhino poaching crisis as a cover, elephants in captivity and wildlife crime. I regularly update these petitions with current media items relating to the particular subject matter so that the signatories are kept up to date with the latest news. The petitions have now gained their own momentum with over a million followers and supporters. The petitions are addressed to specific political leaders and decision makers. These petitions have been published in the mainstream media and the results of these petitions were delivered delivered to the voting members of CITES at CoP18 in Geneva in Switzerland in August 2019 and to government ministers around the world. In January 2020 I started tracking news coming from China about a virus. A virus that was killing people. A zoonotic virus that has origins linked to a bat and also to pangolin, a virus that then infected humans. The virus allegedly first infected humans that were regular customers at a fish market in Wuhan in China. The market was shut down. Millions of people are now infected with #COVID_19. A number of organisations have been calling to the end to the trade in wildlife products for years to try and protect our endangered species. We are now calling for an end to the trade in wildlife and wildlife products to save mankind. I work with a number of organisations in South Africa. We are carrying out research into various aspects of wildlife, conservation and the environment. I am a member of three important networks who are lobbying the SouthAfrican government to change wildlife policies. One of the networks concentrates raising awareness about elephants in captivity around the world. #DefendTheWild Megan Carr

Started 5 petitions

Petitioning World Health Organisation, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, SECRETARY-GENERAL

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COVID_19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC?

COVID_19 IS A GLOBAL CRISIS - WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?  Scientists have suggested that outbreaks of animal-borne and other infectious diseases such as Ebola, SARS, Bird Flu and COVID_19 caused by a novel Coronavirus, are on the rise.  Pathogens are crossing from animals to humans. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that three quarters of new or emerging diseases that infect humans originate in animals. On the 4th August 2020 there are 18 571 746 known people infected with COVID_19. 700 385 people have died.  On December 31st 2019 the World Health Organisation China office heard the first reports  of a previously unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China. On March 11th 2020 WHO officially declared that COVID_19 a pandemic.  The disease appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals are traded. The animal source has not been identified however scientists at the Wuhan Institute for Virology released a detailed paper showing the genetic makeup is 96 percent identical to that of a corona virus found in bats. Other scientists argue that the genetic sequences of Coronavirus in pangolins are between 88.5 and 92.4 percent similar to the human virus. The Wuhan market was shut down for inspection and cleaning on the 1st January 2020.  China imposed a nationwide ban on the buying and selling of wild animals in markets, restaurants and other retail markets. Wildlife organisations, environmentalists and concerned citizens have lobbied governments around the world to stop the trade of wild animals and wild animal parts in order to save the endangered species since 2014. Now we are asking the World Health Organisation and governments around the world to stop the trade of wild animals and wild animal parts in order to save humankind.  WE ARE DEMANDING THE CLOSURE OF THE WILDLIFE TRADE  AND CAPTIVE WILDLIFE BREEDING PROGRAMS  Megan Carr   #COVID_19        

RHINOS IN AFRICA
6,042 supporters
Petitioning Overstrand Municipality, CAPE NATURE, Democratic Alliance, NSPCA SOUTH AFRICA, BETTER TOURISM AFRICA, BRAND SOUTH AFRICA, Trip Advisor, South African Tourism Board

CAPE NATURE, ELEPHANTS KEPT IN CONFINED AREAS OF CAPTIVITY FOR TOURISM IS UNETHICAL

  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.  Michele Pickover EMS Foundation Smargda Louw Ban Animal Trading Organisation Stefania Falcon Future 4Wildlife       

RHINOS IN AFRICA
43,287 supporters
Petitioning US Interior Secretary, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NATIONAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, Safari Club International

WE Demands Ban On US Imports of Trophies and live Endangered Species from Africa

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. Lions, Rhino and Giraffes are endangered species.  Trophies from hunts killing these animals are still entering the USA from Africa.  Trump has argued that hunting could help conservation efforts.  Hunting is driving megafauna to extinction.  The USA failed to support a proposal brought by 32 African countries to halt the export of baby elephants from Africa  to ZOOS in foreign countries in Geneva at CITES CoP18 this week. The USA did vote in support of this proposal at the final vote taking place on Tuesday 27th August.  GMFER handed a copy of this petition to the US delegation in Geneva.  President Masisi of Botswana has lifted the moratorium on  elephant trophy hunting in Botswana.  He is allowing 272 elephants to be killed by trophy hunters in 2020.  These hunts will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in Canada, the USA, in Botswana and in Europe.  How many trophies will be allowed to end the United States of America?  Megan Carr      

RHINOS IN AFRICA
132,881 supporters
Petitioning CITES, Ms Magdel Boshoff, Minister Barbara Creecy

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

  HISTORY OF THIS PETITION 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 series of court cases 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.  South Africa has never been informed about the amount of horn that is in storage in various facilities that belongs to the state.   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. South Africans have not been informed about the exact numbers of wild rhino in South Africa. For instance, we have no exact knowledge of how many rhino still exist in the Kruger National Park.   The rhino poaching statistics released in February 2019 have raised many questions. IF the poaching figures really indicate a reduction in loss of rhino this fact would question the necessity for trade in horn, or do the slightly reduced figures indicate there are less rhino left to poach, or are the figures accurate? The information that we have received is that poaching figures may be less in the Kruger National Park but the reason for the reduced figure is a result of fewer rhino being available to poach.   Elephant poaching has increased in the Kruger National Park. Elephant poaching has also 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 really escalated over the past five years.  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 encouraged the South African government to support Swaziland and proposal to legalize the international trade  in rhino horn at CITES CoP18 in Geneva, Switzerland in August 2019.  This proposal failed.  The South African government has proposed to double the quota for trophy hunting of the Black Rhino at CITES.  This proposal was accepted but South Africa was not able to define how many Black Rhino we have in South Africa.  Namibia has  proposed that the White Rhino is downgraded to Appendix II so that trophy hunting may be re-instated.  Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa proposed the lifting of the ban on the sale of their ivory stockpiles in Geneva, this proposal failed. The global pandemic COVID_19  has infected over one million people worldwide. This virus originated in wildlife in China.   It has once highlighted the dangers of the wildlife trade.  South Africa insists on trading in wildlife parts such as lion bone and rhino horn.  It would be a pertinent decision for the government to suspend all trade. To stop the industry in South Africa.  The world economy is on its knees.  28TH JANUARY 2021  According to a REPORT published today by SANPARKS there are an estimated 3529 white rhinos and 268 black rhinos left in South Africa’s flagship national park, the Kruger National Park. That represents a 59% decline.      Megan Carr 

RHINOS IN AFRICA
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