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International Debate: Assessing The Risk Of Rhino Horn Trade

International Debate: Assessing The Risk Of Rhino Horn Trade | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it

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We are constantly informed about the reality of rhinoceros poaching cruelty in South Africa. Since the beginning of 2014 alone, about 172 rhinos have been poached with Kruger National Park being the most targeted.

 

The rhino horn which is made up of keratin, the same minerals and proteins found in our nails, is believed to possess pharmacological properties, is used as an aphrodisiac or is kept just for status. After all the trauma and pain of having their horns hacked and in most cases left to die bleeding, the rhino horns are sold illegally for about R536,119 per kilogram to be used for strange customs.

Suggested solution for the rhino extinction crisis:

Over the years conservationists have marched, hosted campaigns and educated the masses about the danger of rhino poaching that will automatically lead to the extinction of the world’s second largest mammal.

 

The South African Government’s solution for the rhino poaching crisis is to legalise and regulate rhino horn trade through CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) which has prohibited international rhino horn trade since 1997. The government hopes that by legalising trade and dehorning, less rhinos will be killed and the market value for rhino horns will decrease....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:37 PM

The line up of speakers for this conference is fantastic.

Wish I could be there ... however, look forward to reading the reports.

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 4:32 AM

Wish I could be there and have my say!

PeerSpring's curator insight, April 9, 2014 12:12 PM

Over the years conservationists have marched, hosted campaigns and educated the masses about the danger of rhino poaching that will automatically lead to the extinction of the world’s second largest mammal.  Now the South African government is entertaining the thought of legalizing and regulating rhino horn trade, do you think that's a good idea? Why / why not?

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Gambling on Extinction: Exposing the global trade that threatens elephants and rhinos

Gambling on Extinction: Exposing the global trade that threatens elephants and rhinos | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
This week, we turn the lens on the war between poachers and wildlife in Africa. A war which the most-endangered species are losing, as demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn drive a thriving, multi-billion dollar underground industry.
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Clearing the Way for Plantations: Land Grabs, Deforestation and Endangered Species | Goldman Prize

Clearing the Way for Plantations: Land Grabs, Deforestation and Endangered Species | Goldman Prize | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
From plantations to processing to consumer products, this three part series examines the impacts of industrial palm oil on the environment, human rights and wildlife conservation.Conflict palm oil: it’s the new buzz word on the street, but how could something as seemingly innocent as vegetable oil be the cause for so much concern?
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To be successful, anti-poaching efforts must focus on reducing demand

To be successful, anti-poaching efforts must focus on reducing demand | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Last month, a southern white rhino named Thandi gave birth to a healthy calf in South Africa. It was a remarkable moment, the kind that gives conservationists a brief reprieve from big-picture gloom.
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National effort to plant milkweed aims to rebuild monarch butterfly population

National effort to plant milkweed aims to rebuild monarch butterfly population | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a campaign to plant about 200,000 acres of milkweed, the only food the monarch caterpillar eats. Individuals along the butterfly’s migration routes, including through Missouri, are also encouraged to plant milkweed, although they must take care to plant the right kind of seeds.
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Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction

Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction

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Major Breakthrough for the Oceans - The Daily Catch

Major Breakthrough for the Oceans - The Daily Catch | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
It is time for Ocean Lovers worldwide to celebrate! After years of political foot-dragging, and four days of negotiations at the UN, a breakthrough...
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Caring for gentle, rare rhino a privilege

Caring for gentle, rare rhino a privilege | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it

ESCONDIDO — Caring for any rhinoceros is a huge responsibility. When that rhinoceros is the only one of its kind in the United States, and one of only five in the world, the responsibility can be almost intimidating.

 

 


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We Have Time to Save Ocean Life from Extinction, but Only If We Act Fast

We Have Time to Save Ocean Life from Extinction, but Only If We Act Fast | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
A new study finds marine animals are faring better than their terrestrial cousins, but that could change if we don't act now.
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Borneo orangutan dies with 40 pellets in her body

Borneo orangutan dies with 40 pellets in her body | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Borneo orangutan dies with 40 pellets in her body
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Another reason to fight for orangutans...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2862183/Borneo-orangutan-dies-40-pellets-body.html

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California Considers Strict Ivory Ban To Protect Elephants

California Considers Strict Ivory Ban To Protect Elephants | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
A bill introduced in the California legislature would enforce a strict ban on ivory sales in the state amid conservationists’ urge to protect vanishing African elephant populations.

Stricter than U.S. law by a few years, California’s c...
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Monarch butterflies losing their food source, numbers declining sharply

Monarch butterflies losing their food source, numbers declining sharply | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Monarch butterflies are declining. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to add the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the
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700 Marine Species Might Go Extinct Because of Plastic Pollution. Here Are 5 Ways You Can Help!

700 Marine Species Might Go Extinct Because of Plastic Pollution. Here Are 5 Ways You Can Help! | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
There are an estimated 270,000 tons of plastic floating on the surface of the ocean and according to a new study authored by researchers at Plymouth University found, a staggering 700 different marine species are threatened by its presence.
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This is why we need to teach the next generation of leaders about the issue of plastic pollution now: http://onemoregeneration.org/educational-program-info/

 

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4 Clever (and Kind of Sad) Ways Animals Adapt to Humans

4 Clever (and Kind of Sad) Ways Animals Adapt to Humans | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
A new study suggests orangutans travel logging roads as a way to save energy—and they aren't the only animals taking advantage of humans' changes to the natural world.
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Wildlife Slaughter Goes Unabated

Wildlife Slaughter Goes Unabated | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
A much larger budget is needed to stem the illicit trade in rhino horn, ivory and other prized animal parts.
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Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis? - Features | The Star Online

Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis? - Features | The Star Online | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Killing demand is the only way to curb the slaughter of rhinos for their horns.
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Warmer Oceans Could Mean Less Turtles on the Beach - The Daily Catch

Warmer Oceans Could Mean Less Turtles on the Beach - The Daily Catch | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Warmer oceans will put the chill on sea turtle behavior, causing the endangered animals to stop basking on beaches within the next century.
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South Africa confirms 2014 worst on record for rhino poaching - TRAFFIC's response

South Africa confirms 2014 worst on record for rhino poaching - TRAFFIC's response | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Official figures released today by South Africa confirmed that 2014 was the worst on record for rhino poaching. 
A total of 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, an average of more than three animals per day or 100 per month. 
The latest figures illustrate the severity of the rhino
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US auctioneer fined $1.5 million for selling rhino horns

US auctioneer fined $1.5 million for selling rhino horns | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
A Florida auction house owner pleaded guilty to selling illegal rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory and will pay a $1.5 million fine as well as face possible jail time, US authorities said Wednesday.
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TODAY: Dallas Safari Club cancels plans to auction off elephant hunting trip

TODAY: Dallas Safari Club cancels plans to auction off elephant hunting trip | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Video on Today: Demonstrators took to the streets in Dallas to protest a local hunting club’s plan to auction off a trip to hunt the African Elephant, the world’s biggest land animal, ultimately causing the club to cancel the auction of the trip. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.
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Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale.
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Why wild giraffes are suffering a 'silent extinction'

Why wild giraffes are suffering a 'silent extinction' | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
The iconic animals have declined 40 percent in just 15 years, a plight that has gone largely unnoticed until recently.
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Orangutan Breakthrough

Orangutan Breakthrough | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Through a momentous turn of events, a court in Argentina has declared a zoo orangutan named Sandra the right to freedom in a ruling that challenges the commonly held notion that animals are mere objects that lack the most fundamental rights as beings. Sandra, born at a German zoo in 1986, has spent her entire life in captivity.
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