Get Mark Zuckerberg to start anti-poaching units all around Africa

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

         As you probably have heard by now, there is a severe poaching crisis in all of Africa. Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study that provides the first reliable continent-wide estimates of illegal kills. During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve African elephants was killed by a poacher. Africa now has only a little over 340,000 elephants left. At this rate, elephants will become extinct in less than five years.

       Another severely poached African animal is the rhino. Rhinos have become victims of organized crime. In the wild, the adult black or white rhino has no predators except for humans. Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. The major demand for rhino horn is in Asia, where it is used in ornamental carvings and traditional medicine. Rhino horn is touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer, and impotence. Their horns are not true horns; they are actually made of keratin—the same material that makes up our hair and nails. Truly, rhino horn is as effective at curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails. As you probably have heard, Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino passed away recently. This gives no chance of reproduction of this sub-species.

      I am submitting this petition to you, in hopes that you will put together anti-poaching teams around Africa, to stop poaching altogether. Anti-poaching teams are armed with weapons that can combat these poachers who are committing these illegal and evil crimes against nature’s beautiful animals. One example of successful anti-poaching units are the Black Mambas from South Africa. For more on them, please read this recent article in the National Geographic :

       I hope you will find it in your heart to please help prevent these disappearing species from going into extinction. Thank you in advance for reading this petition. I wish you well.


John Clark