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Petition to H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES, Adama Dieng, Farhan Haq Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General haqf>at, Cyril Ramaphosa

END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

PETITION TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN, H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES TO END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA 26 October 2017 His Excellency, Mr Antonio Guterres, my name is Louis Michael Green and I am a pastor and a concerned citizen from Kraaifontein, Cape Town, South Africa. I am appealing to you to use your influence in the UN and throughout the world to help us in South Africa to end the scourge of farm killings in our country. We must end farm murders in South Africa before it is too late. Farmers throughout South Africa produce our fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat and without them, our nation will starve. At first, when I started this petition, I had one signature, my own. I was aiming for 100,000 signatures for this petition when I started but as a result of the fantastic response, i.e. 115,000 signatures in 6 days, I have decided to increase the target to 200,000 supporters. The huge response to my petition to STOP FARM MURDERS is an indication of the urgency of the matter and the public outcry in South Africa. At first, I intended to take the petition to the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, and our Minister of Police, but after much prayer and thinking, and after receiving hundreds of messages from farmers, family members who lost loved ones and many petitioners, I have decided to take our petition directly to you at THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK, the USA, and ask for an audience with you, the SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, H.E. Mr Antonio Guterrez. Many of my petitioners believe it would be a waste of our time to take the petition to the State President, Mr Jacob Zuma, because he has done nothing about the farm murders since his election and he continues to do nothing. It would be a similar waste of time to take the petition to the Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, because he has been critical of the mass action on Black Monday, 30th of October, 2017, and he has not released the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders. We have great confidence in you as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, that you will be able to place our petition on the international agenda. If it is possible to have an independent commission of inquiry from the Commissioner of Human Rights violations into the FARM MURDERS in South Africa, we would also greatly appreciate this. We would, in the meantime, also petition our own government to demand an independent commission of inquiry into farm murders to investigate the root causes of such murders and a response from the present government (from the Ministry of Police) on what will be done to stop these murders with immediate effect. We will, however, not hand over the names of the 125,000 petitioners to the state for fear that the petitioners would be intimidated. However, we could say in our petition to our government that we refer to the 125,000 petitioners as verified by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and that the record is kept at the UN that would verify the veracity of the amount of our petitioners. I was encouraged when I saw what a young South African, Talitha Basson was doing when she mobilized thousands of farmers almost on her own using Facebook to mobilize them to united action in a march to Cape Town on 30th of October, 2017.  We are mindful that all murders everywhere in South Africa are reprehensible and should be stopped. Every murder, irrespective where it happens, is regrettable. However, the murder of farmers in our country does not only impact the loss of life but also has a snowball effect of robbing our nation of its food security. I am planning to follow the correct Parliamentary procedures to get this letter and the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, so I will seek out the help of an M.P. who bears the same burden, to also submit our petition to our own Parliament in South Africa. This matter has been debated in Parliament on several occasions without any effect. This is the reason why I felt we should appeal to international organs, like the UN. Perhaps, our government will give this matter its most urgent attention when our petition reaches your office and if it can be arranged our South African delegation coming to see you in New York would love an opportunity to discuss our report with the dossier containing our claims of human rights abuses with the UNHCR. I and all my petitioners trust God for a positive outcome to all our endeavours. Be Blessed Kind Regards Senior Suffragan Bishop Louis Michael Green A concerned South African Citizen Affiliated to The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, South Africa

Bishop Louis Michael Green
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Petition to South African Government, Nature Conservation Officials, DEDEAT Officials Eastern Cape

Finall call for the Leopard

Official NO to leopard Conservation in South Africa, June 2017 Help us to say YES and state your opinion; please sign and share!!!! “If things don’t change, we predict leopards will essentially disappear from many areas in South Africa by about 2020". (Samual Williams, a conservation biologist at Durham University). A census was done recently in both the Eastern, Western and Northern parts of South Africa: the Cape Mountains, Drakensberg, Soutpansberg/Limpopo Area all showed a dramatic decrease of numbers. Leopards were classified last year as “vulnerable” to extinction on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species, which tracks the survival status of animals and plants. So signs for the leopard are also far from good!! We are supporting conservation of the leopard in many different ways since the start of our foundation (Wild Cats World) with main focus on the wild leopard and its natural habitat in not just South Africa but also Indonesia (Java), Nepal, India. Also we fight for better conditions for leopards in captivity that cannot be released anymore, setting example with our own sanctuary in the Eastern Cape. Here we also run a conservation project, working on releases of some young leopards in the (three) fantastic non-hunting Private Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape (Amakhala, Kariega and Shamwari). The Reserves were keen on releasing our leopards, and the leopards were ready. Only the Officials still had to decide about their future, and grant permits to the Reserves. Amakhala Game Reserve had another meeting with DEDEAT Officials in Port Elizabeth (june 2017), after we did hand in our managementplan and motivational letters, and though the signs were good, there was a dramatic turn of events for the species. They won't grant permits, based on no knowledge whatsoever. Also it became clear it indeed is easier in this country to get permits for capturing wild leopards, keeping leopards in captivity and breeding/trading them world-wide and hunting leopards, even though South African  recently suspended trophy hunting of leopards - they think about withdrawing this and allowing males (in their Prime) to be hunted again. As we said decisions aren't made to support leopard conservation, but to gain as much money as possible and to keep the numbers of wild leopards (and any big predator for that matter - it is already not allowed to release captive lions and cheetah, which was confirmed again!!) as low as possible. Until....D-day, which is arriving sooner as we think, with this kind of attitude.  Reasons for declining permits to the Private Game Reserves: 1) they do not want to dilute the eastern cape gene pool with non -Eastern cape genetics. This they will not change their mind on.2) they do not want to set a precedent which will allow any game reserve to apply for import permits for non-Eastern cape (captive) leopards. They gave the option of building an enclosure and keeping the leopards in captivity, or to release them after sterilizing them so they cannot breed. This is the kind of conservation the Nature Conservation DEDEAT Officials say YES too! By signing this petition you say YES to conservation of leopards in South Africa, say YES to the release of our leopards (experts like leopardman Fred Berrange also said there's nothing against a release we had in mind, as there's no such thing as the Eastern Cape genetics). The African leopard (Panthera pardus) used to roam freely through the whole of Africa once. Whether they occurred in the West, East or North had nothing to do with different subspecies. Their way of living caused the differences in looks, as it is with other species. The Cape Leopard also isn't a seperate subspecies! They only live in the Cape Mountains, close to Cape Town. By signing this petition you say NO to the capturing and killing of wild leopards by farmers, NO to breeding in captivity for trade and exploit, NO to trophy hunting, and Canned Hunting of leopards. Though at this meeting the Officials confirmed not to change their mind on this, we think it is good to have this petition to tell them the world doesn't agree to their decision. Also to raise awareness for the situation of the leopard; a species we love so dearly, and we cannot loose......they must be save in the wild, and well looked after when born in captivity and not being able to be released!!! Leopard Population at risk - read here: http://www.news24.com/Green/News/key-sa-leopard-population-crashing-study-warns-20170419  http://wildlifeact.com/blog/drakensberg-leopard-survey-preliminary-report/            

Wild Cats World
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