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Petitioning Rhino Conservation Project & Wildlife Conservation European Union - M.A.F.F.South Africa - Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba

OPERATION RHINO SURVIVAL

Wildlife Conservation & Rhino Conservation Project wish to call on the named below to now work on the following.

THE NAMED BELOW ARE AS FOLLOWS

1. European Union - Herman Van Rompuy

2. M.A.F.F & South African Governmental officials
Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Mr Faizal Daniels
Ms Ronika Ramanand
Mr Selby Bokaba
Minister Edna Molewa
Dr Rob Davies
Mr J.T. Radebe

3. International Foreign Affairs

1 Japan Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
2 China Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
3) Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang

WHAT CHANGES MUST TAKE PLACE NOW

1) Complete ban on trophy hunting

2) Rhinoceros census

3) Rhinoceros poaching

4) Prosecution of all those in Asia that openly sell Rhino horn for fake medicince

5) Border protection and control in South Africa

6) Funding for anti poaching teams - rangers - rhinoceros horn treatment

7) Harsher penalties (convictions) without bail of those caught poaching or involved with the poaching of Rhinoceros + Elephant

8) Vietnam, China & Japan to now work together to halt all illegal horn trade and close down all T.C.M (Tradational Chinese Medicine) practices.

9) All stockpiled Rhino and Elephant horn destroyed

WHY IS THIS PETITION IMPORTANT?

On the 20 December a petition was launched to save the Rhino from imminent extinction with a 9 point plan that has got no where. The petition was then handed over to the office of Mr Jacob Zuma on the 22nd February 2012 in Pretoria, Union buildings South Africa.

Dr Jacob Zuma could not even be bothered to handle it himself and has taken no action at all along with his cabinet to work on saving the endangered Rhino.

The date is now 15th April, there has been no change, and no action. Many other petitions have been written including AVVAZ but they are not answering the main issue and thats the points above.

The border of South Africa is in length of roughly 300km, the South African Government have now decided to plant a metal wire mesh fence to try and protect the Rhino and also stop illegal immigrants (some poachers) from entering. This is not good enough and we want a more secure border that will see ultimate protection of our Rhino and Elephant

We also now wish for the international governments to work together China, Vietnam and Japan. Japan we have picked as a middle man, they have been working hard on trying to stop the horn entering there country. So by liasing with them, to work with the other two (Vietnam & China) then this we would see as a start in calling for Vietnam and China to now work on closing down illegal Rhino horn (T.C.M'S) and work on debunking the myth that Rhino horn is not medicine.

Along with that we MUST provide funding or PUSH the government to now act on funding for more rangers that will not only protect the Rhino and Elephant but also the boundries of their land.

Rangers, and more equipment MUST be funded by the government to or our ranger teams will continue to work in poor conditions. The Rangers and A.P.U's need tents, night vision, A.P.U vehicles, and more. This is a major concern for them and us. We ourselfs are now working on a funding scheme and although that is still in the thinking stage we aim by the end of 2012 to have this up and running.

The Rhino death toll for 2011 was an estimated 500+ that does not include collateral damage and un-born foetuses that was the highest figure since 2007 when poaching really took off. The death toll now for 2012 is now 165 so should the killings go on then at the end of 2012 we will see a massive 600+ kills.

Demand for the horn in Asia is mainly for 2 reasons 1) a mass drop in the Rhino population 2) less horn in Asia mainly from Vietnam and China thats why were seeing more Rhino kills.

Evidence has proved that on-line sales of Rhino horn are in great demand but some of this is (fake horn) that is made up of toxins that are fatal to the human. We now want Vietnam and China to work together by taking these online sellers and suppliers out as well as shuting their sites down. We will be contacting the following online traders that are allowing this to go on, to now close these land traders down immediatley. As well as working with www.ic3.gov that works by closing illegal sites down and taking legal action where and when needed.

A complete ban on trophy hunting must be a major consideration too. We can not burn the candle at both endes here. The poacher is killing one end, the hunter the other, then the illegal trophy hunter in the middle. The Tiger rescue project that was started by the President of India in 1972 saw a complete ban on trophy hunting that then saw the numbers of Tiger go back up to amazing levels. Why this has not been taken on in South Africa we do not know. We will be pushing for the same though. Please view the link below for proof.
http://www.indiantiger.org/wildlife-organizations/project-tiger.html

Harsher convictions of those that are caught poaching and/or have in some aspect been involved in poaching or illegal activity of the Rhino and Elephant MUST be taken on by Mr J.T Radebe South African Minister of justice. We have seen more poachers, game keepers, vets, and farmers let out on bail and for long periods than we have convictions.

Dawie Groenewald and his co-accused mainly vets, and farmers have been on bail now since last year. They now face 1872 charges. Please view link below. We DEMAND that these organised gangs are dealt with and given the maximum conviction rate so they do not repeat the same offence again. We also demand they are taught the ethics and morals while in prison on the impacts of what their crimes have caused. http://www.wherevent.com/detail/people-for-the-trial-of-dawie-groenewald-syndicate-musina-magistrates-court-limpopo

Rhino poaching has to be addressed more too. With the current prediction rate of deaths ranging now at 2-3 a day that could finish of at 600+ then operation Rhino the South African governments armed teams are not doing enough.
We demand more armed units on the ground with more A.P.U too. Along with more internal investigations of game reserves such as the (KNP) Kruger National Park to be looked in to on a regular basis that has the highest number of kills for Rhino and other game.

A full census MUST be carried out too. We do think that the government are hiding details here. The census was gagged by Jackie Selebi ex Interpol Chief. Who is now in prison for corruption charges. We demand that the gag is lifted and a ful census is carried out with immediate effect that will determine the population of the Rhino.

We DEMAND to that all Rhino stockpiled horn is burnt with immediate effect. By sending this to China then South Africa are sending the message to them that this is correct to carry on. Although the South African government have said they are not ready to lift the trade now until 2019 we still want the horn stockpiled destroyed sooner rather than later. WE MUST NOT allow China to get there hands on this no matter what the cost is to the government or funds raised IT MUST BE DESTROYED NOW!

PLEASE READ THE LINKS BELOW FOR YOUR INTREST

http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/not-ready-to-lift-ban-on-horn-trade-1.1270964
http://business.iafrica.com/businessday/788158.html
http://allafrica.com/stories/201204110594.html

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CITES PLEASE VISIT

http://www.cites.org/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RHINO PLEASE VISIT

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/International-Animal-Rescue-Foundation-Rhino-Press-Office-South-Africa/281734388539316
https://www.facebook.com/IARFRhinoWelfareSA

DEATH RATE SO FAR 171 RHINO 2012 LARGEST KILL ZONE IS (KNP)

http://www.environment.gov.za//NewsMedia/MedStat/2012Apr13/rhini_poaching_stats_update.htm

THIS IS HOW BAD THE SITUATION IS NOW IN OTHER COUNTRIES

http://www.herald.ie/news/irish-rhino-smugglers-had-fake-120k-3075366.html

THIS IS WHY WE NEED MORE INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS IN TO GAME RESERVES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17204278
http://www.vocfm.co.za/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=583:ranger-arrested-for-poaching&Itemid=121 

 http://youtu.be/1Y32DHOiVv4

 

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    European Union - M.A.F.F.South Africa - Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba


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