To trade or not to trade? Always a hotbed of debate concerning rhino poaching
But since South Africa is entertaining the idea of a “one-off” sale to sell the current stockpiles of horn, things have taken a dismal turn indeed.
Here are the scenarios: #1) Trade IS allowed as a one-time only option– wetting the appetite of the Asian market, like throwing a chicken into a hungry hoard of crocodiles. This will undoubtedly send poaching rates soaring.
#2) Trade is allowed on a regular basis but cannot be monitored enough to stop poaching, and with the number of rhinos currently surviving, there are not nearly enough of them to keep up with the monstrous demand.
#3) Trade is Not allowed. In order to make up for lack of profit, will the “farmers” sell their rhinos off to trophy hunters? Will they be sold off to the highest bidder (who…
In a groundbreaking move to halt the relentless poaching of Rhinos, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has partnered with Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), a Vietnamese non-profit NGO, to develop a hard hitting rhino protection campaign for countries where rhino horn is in great demand, starting with Vietnam.
Said Rynette Coetzee, Project Executant of the EWT’s Law and Policy Programme: “We are extremely excited about our partnership with ENV. We are certain that our campaign, with this crucial buy in from a respected and well known Vietnamese NGO, will help us to turn the tide on the plight of the rhino. Our message: Say NO to rhino horn, is an invitation to all the people of Vietnam to join the people in South Africa to help conserve Africa’s rhinos for today’s and tomorrow’s generations. By saying NO to rhino horn, the demand for rhino horn will decrease, and in this way, the slaughter of these magnificent animals could come to an end.”
The campaign consists of posters, media outreach and an online component and will be executed in both English and Vietnamese. “In Vietnam, the campaign elements will be distributed virally through websites, social media channels, forums and blogs, and displayed during ENV awareness activities such as public exhibitions and university programmes. The joint venture marks the first formal co-operation between ENV and a South African organization mutually committed to ending the killing of rhinos and we at ENV are absolutely committed to its success,” commented Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy of ENV’s Communication and Public Awareness Unit.
Rhino poaching has been on the rise since 2008 with a staggering 668 rhinos killed in South Africa at the end of 2012. The EWT believes that there is no single solution to addressing illegal wildlife trade, which is an increasing global phenomenon, estimated to be the third largest illegal industry worldwide after drugs and human trafficking. Wildlife trade often has its roots firmly established in organised and trans-boundary crimes. For this reason the EWT’s Rhino Project is implementing interventions at several stages in the poaching and wildlife trade chain. These interventions include: # Improving the detection of wildlife contraband through the deployment of wildlife detection dogs. Thus far the EWT has deployed four sniffer dogs at OR Tambo International airport with plans to secure dogs in additional airports throughout South Africa;
# Improving the detection of wildlife contraband through capacity building and training;
# Supporting and facilitating the reporting of information to the authorities;
# Supporting anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe by trialling anti-poaching dogs;Deploying a rhino horn detection dog in Limpopo;
# Supporting selected provincial government organisations through the provision of equipment and resources;
# Supporting selected private reserves; # Contributing to the standardisation of anti-poaching training;
# Implementing the Rhino Orphan Response Project, which focuses on improving rescue and rehabilitation through emergency response and training;
# Reducing the involvement of lodge and reserve staff directly or indirectly with poaching through the development of a community based support project;
# Promoting the consistent and effective implementation of legislation around rhino; # Providing awareness raising and support to the judiciary involved in rhino poaching cases; and
# Influencing the legal framework to contribute to enforcement.
For further information and comment please contact Rynette Coetzee, Project Executant of the EWT’s Law and Policy Programme, on email@example.com and Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy of ENV’s Communication and Public Awareness Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The diversity of experiences in the bush is clearly depicted in the last few posts, from gentle motherly love to uninhibited ferocity. This clan of hyenas was found feeding on an impala ram. As the meat was being depleted a large female took the carcass, ran off to pan and dunked it under water in an attempt to hide it, and have the spoils to herself. The only hyena bold to challenge the presumed matriarch was a young animal, possibly one of her own offspring. The large female responded by biting a small piece the challengers ear off.
We talk to Keith and Pete of Inyati Private Game Reserve in South Africa about the work they are doing to combat rhino poaching. 210 rhino have been shot and they are losing more rhinos than are being born and if it continutes rhinos are probably heading for extinction in the next 3-4 years! Hear about the amazing work Inyati together with other lodges in the area are doing to trying to combat the situation, but resources are stretched and they say word needs to get out to the international community in order to realise how serious the situation is, so that something can be done before it’s too late. Published on 18 Jun 2012 by mambamediaTV