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One Reason The Rhino Horn Trade Should Not Be Legalized

One Reason The Rhino Horn Trade Should Not Be Legalized | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
The debate between the pro and anti has raged, however, this reason why the rhino horn trade should not be legalized is quite unusual.

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Why are the Black and White Rhinos’ Survival in Jeopardy?

Why are the Black and White Rhinos’ Survival in Jeopardy? | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Both the Black and White rhino species in Africa are in jeopardy of becoming extinct. Poaching, habitat loss are just some of the threats they face.

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Organised Crime Syndicates new strategies to smuggle rhino horn

Organised Crime Syndicates new strategies to smuggle rhino horn | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Mozambique based Organised Crime Syndicates, involved in rhino poaching in Kruger National Park are now smuggling rhino horn via parcel post. After cutting rhino horns into discs and mixing with pieces of wood, the horns are being smuggled out from Pemba via Oliver Tambo International Airport and onward to Hong Kong. Alert Hong Kong customs officials intercepted the shipment. 

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3D printed horns may put rhinos at greater risk of extinction

3D printed horns may put rhinos at greater risk of extinction | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Plans to tackle rhino poaching by flooding the market with lab-made horns may backfire

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Rhino Charge 2015 raises 108 million Kenya Shillings

The annual Rhino Charge has over the past 27 years established itself as a prime fund raising event, supporting initially just conservation but of late also supporting the different host communities, where the annual event is being held....


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Rhino becomes 'hope' against poaching - CNN Video

The University of Pretoria's Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp speaks to CNN Today about a new procedure he helped develop to save rhinos who are victims of poachers.

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Thandi and the calf - YouTube

Thandi's little one is so young but so full of spirit and confidence. We love her, not sure what the wildebeest think of her...

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Arrested in Dec 2010! Four Kruger Park rhino poachers found guilty

Arrested in Dec 2010! Four Kruger Park rhino poachers found guilty | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

Four men who entered the Kruger National Park with an intention to hunt rhino have been found guilty....

 

The four were arrested by rangers on December 7 2010, while hunting in the KNP.

 

They had all pleaded not guilty to the charges....

 


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Mozambican police announce seizure of 17 rhino horns

Police in Mozambique have seized 17 rhino horns in the industrial city of Matola near the capital Maputo, APA learns here Monday.According to private telev

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Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa’s Rhinos?

Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa’s Rhinos? | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors are enlisting new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:13 AM

A great summation and commentary of the 'wild' strategies to save the last rhinos in Africa.

Some working, some not... some outright a no go!

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Selling Nature: The Plight of the South African Rhinoceros

Selling Nature: The Plight of the South African Rhinoceros | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

How governments combat poaching as the nature of the crime changes.

 

A South African rhinoceros, once dead, can travel thousands of miles. Under some circumstances, its horn can trek to places as far away as Vietnam and China. Once there, it transforms into a product for spiritual medicine or a sign of wealth and class. Meanwhile, the rest of its body stays rotting in the grass, and its species inches closer to extinction.

 

In 2014, poachers killed a record number of the beasts for their horns, according to official numbers published by the South African government’s Department of Environmental Affairs. The number of rhinoceroses that were killed is triple that of four years ago, and the value of their horns by weight is now greater than that of gold. The complex spiritual roots of this illegal market make it difficult to pinpoint the source or perpetuating causes of it; thus, effective solutions increasingly require strong regulations and governmental commitment....


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Rhino horn trafficking surging out of control, say campaigners

Rhino horn trafficking surging out of control, say campaigners | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Trafficking of African rhinoceros horn on the black market has surged 30-fold in the past 13 years, say animal protection groups

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Poachers in Hluhluwe push rhino death toll to 75

Poachers in Hluhluwe push rhino death toll to 75 | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
ONE rhino died and two others were wounded after poachers darted and dehorned them in Hluhluwe Game Reserve on Monday afternoon.

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Vietnam embarks on rhino horn myth busting campaign

Vietnam embarks on rhino horn myth busting campaign | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

Vietnamese deputy prime minister Hoàng Trung Hải on Tuesday pledged to continue stepping up efforts to crack down on the illicit trade in rhino horn as he met with South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town.


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Death of rare Northern White Rhino leaves four alive

Death of rare Northern White Rhino leaves four alive | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died.

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U.S. gets on board with destroying elephant ivory

U.S. gets on board with destroying elephant ivory | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

United States to Destroy More than One Ton of Confiscated Ivory at Public Event in New York’s Times Square ...


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Opinion: Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching

Opinion: Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fueling rhino poaching....

 

Last month, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) announced a committee to investigate legal trade in rhino horn. If approved, a trade proposal will be presented at the next CITES congress in 2016.

 

International trade in rhino horn has been banned by CITES since 1977.

 

The decision to investigate such a proposal was made two years ago by the South African government, and a “secret” committee has been meeting since April 2014. The original 10 members were never revealed, but journalists uncovered the identity of five, all of whom turned out to be pro-trade.

 

Now the publically announced committee includes the original pro-trade members, plus other even more dubious appointments, such as committee chair Nana Mangomola, who was suspended from the National Gambling Board after irregular audit findings....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 29, 2015 5:41 PM

The Pro-Trade debate:

The dubious 'secret' committee members are revealed... and it doesn't smell good!

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WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade

WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

International Non-Profit Organisation, WildAid, has warned South African authorities against legalising the trade in rhino horn. The NGO says there has been a sharp increase in the trade of rhino horn. Over 1200 rhino were killed in South Africa in 2014. The CEO and founder of WildAid, Peter Knights says there has been a boom in the sale of the horn in Vietnam, partly due to the myth that it can cure cancer among other alleged medicinal properties. "Rhino horn consumption in Vietnam really only started maybe ten years ago. Before that it wasn't a problem but the growth of the economy, there have been rumours that rhino horn can cure cancer which caused an explosion in demand in Vietnam and we are now trying to address that." Knights say their experience shows banning the trade is the best policy. He adds that endorsing the practice will worsen the situation worldwide.


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Activists in Vietnam Seek to Halt Record-High Rhino Killings

Activists in Vietnam Seek to Halt Record-High Rhino Killings | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

.....At an event Friday sprinkled with celebrities and government representatives in the capital, activists discussed how to reverse the trend. Hong Hoang, director of local NGO Change, said she was hopeful the use of famous singers and actors could get the message to "stop the buying, stop the killing" across to consumers.

 

Hoang said it was important to change Vietnam's reputation as a destination for rhino horn.

 

The target markets are businessmen who earn more than $50,000 a year, government officials and those who drink rhino horn as a hangover cure.

 

Demand outstrips supply, with 75 percent to 90 percent of rhino horn on the market believed to be fake, Hoang said....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:32 PM

Did you know?

75% to 90% of rhino horn on the market in Vietnam is actually believed to be fake!

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Is it You? Instagram endangers rhinos

Is it You? Instagram endangers rhinos | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Posting your rhino pictures from your game reserve getaway on social media might be inadvertently giving poachers directions to their next kill.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 1, 2015 2:21 PM

When taking rhino photos....

Please make sure your Location settings are turned off!

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Group Injects Rhino Horns With Poison In Desperate Effort To Curb Poaching

Group Injects Rhino Horns With Poison In Desperate Effort To Curb Poaching | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it

As Africa's rhino population continues to grow more vulnerable due to poaching and increasing demand for their horns in Asian countries, one organization is taking a different approach to curb the hunting by poisoning the animals' horns.

Lorinda Hern, co-founder of the Rhino Rescue Project, explained to HuffPost Live'sJosh Zepps on Monday that the "dramatic increase" in rhino poaching over the years is due in part to a rumor that began circulating several years ago in countries like China and Vietnam that the horns had healing powers and were linked to curing many "high-profile individuals" of anything from hangovers to cancer....

 

WATCH the interview http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/rhino-horn-poaching_n_6931346.html ;


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Rhino Squad in Training for Botswana as Country Battles Poachers

Botswana has started training law enforcement officers who will form a specialist team to tackle rhino poachers, the southern African country’s environment minister said....


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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, March 16, 2015 3:02 PM

Botswanan seems to be the only country that really cares!!

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VIDEO: Vietnamese consumers urged to reject rhino horn as a status symbol

VIDEO: Vietnamese consumers urged to reject rhino horn as a status symbol | LOVE YOUR ANIMALS AND SAVE WILDLIFE | Scoop.it
Famous Vietnamese comedian Chi Trung appears in the latest public service announcement (PSA) released by Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) illustrating the folly of purchasing rhino horn to demonstrate wealth or status.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, March 6, 2015 5:04 PM

Way to go Save the Rhino and ENV

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Namibia Courts to Deny Bail to Rhino Poachers, Minister Says

Namibia is to crack down on illegal rhino and elephant poaching and the country’s courts will deny bail to suspects, Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga said.

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, January 29, 2015 11:43 AM

And now for South Africa........!!!?????