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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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Category: Help a species: Rhinos

  1. Rhinos de-horning operation to save this endangered species

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    On 16 May, the UK’s Daily Telegraph brought news of an amazing secret operation to dehorn hundreds of African rhinos.

    They are all threatened by increased poaching during the pandemic.

    Over the next two weeks, up to 400 black and white rhinos will have their horns removed to protect them from poachers.  About 70 have been dehorned so far 

    The rhinos are dehorned with electric saws.  They are sedated.  The horns grow back in about 3 years.   

    The exact location in Africa is secret at the moment.  There is an enormous risk to the team of vets and rangers and the last thing anyone wants is for poachers to find out their whereabouts, for the safety of all concerned, people and animals.

    The Aspinall Foundation and rescue organisation Rhino 911 are involved.   

    Rhino horn can trade for tens of thousands of pounds a kilo.  It is used in medicine and as a status symbol.

    This really is a last resort;  because tourists have stopped visiting as the coronavirus brought lockdown into being, poachers have stepped up to do more poaching.  

    De-horning is a last resort but the situation is critical for rhinos
    De-horning is a last resort but the situation is critical for rhinos


    Once removed, the horns are photographed and taken by armed guard to a secure vault where they are categorised.

    Never should we look back and say "I should have helpd them when I had the chance." 

    Unknown (from Rhino 911's website)

    Visit Rhino 911’s website here. 

    You can donate to Rhino 911 to help.  Donations help in three ways:

    1. Treating rhinos and transporting them if they  have injuries or need surgery; 
    2. De-horning rhinos, which has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to deter poachers from harming and killing rhinos; 
    3. Rescuing rhinos;  many are treated for injuries and airlifted to one of many rhino orphanages that Rhino 911 works with.  Plus, of course donations are given to the orphanages so that they can buy the special formula milk every growing rhino needs!

    There’s a video you can watch at but carries a warning that some parts of it may be disturbing to some viewers.

    Visit Rhino 911’s facebook page

    Keep safe, everyone involved.

    Images copyright to Rhino 911

     

  2. Please see this video from Gravitas - how nature is reclaiming its spaces due to the Coronavirus

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    Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.

    I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you.  Please share it with everyone you can.

    The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet.  It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish.   I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself.   Here it is:



    Thank you, Gravitas.

    Please vow to make a difference today. 
    Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.

     

     

     

     

  3. Save Sumatran Rhinos from extinction in Indonesia

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    Care2.com have a petition asking the Indonesian government to save Sumatran Rhinos from extinction and they need your voice to add strength to their cause.  

    Ask the Indonesian Government to save Sumatran Rhinos from extinction
    Sumatran rhinos are extinct - all except for in Indonesia.  80 of them are left there and the species urgently needs your voice.  Poachers, habitat loss and their own low birth rate has reduced their numbers to such an extent that it will be nearly impossible for them to find a mate and breed, experts believe.

    If the rhinos are to survive in Indonesia, the government there must make saving them a priority, and in so doing, they need to work with the Malaysian government.  

    The Indonesian government must make a public commitment to save the Sumatran Rhino and work with Malaysia to help save these wonderful animals.

    Please sign the petition and tell Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the Ministry of the Environment to take action now.

    PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION HERE

     

  4. Rhino horn belongs only to rhinos

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     Give rhinos your support this World Rhino Day on 22 September 2019

    Do you agree with the statement:

    Rhino horn belongs only to rhinos?

    If you do agree with it, please sign the African Wildlife Foundaton’s pledge, saying “Rhion horn belongs only to rhinos”. 

    World Rhino Day takes place on 22 September, and the AWF says we must make one thing clearer than ever:  Rhino horns are not for sale.

    Let’s make it very clear: Rhino horns do not cure cancer or hangovers or any ailments.

    But the demand for rhino horn is there, as people believe it has medicinal benefits and is a symbol of high social status.

    Rhino horn is made of keratin – as human nails are – and it is as effective as curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails is.

    RHINO HORN BELONGS ON A RHINO.

    There are less than 6,000 critically endangered black rhinos left.  Unfortunately, poachers, traffickers and consumers don’t care.   We must stop them.

    Please give rhinos your support on this World Rhino Day.   Join one of 50,000 wildlife advocates and fight for these rhinos.

    Sign the AWF’s pledge if you agree that rhino horn belongs on a rhino.

     

  5. Sign the petition! Donald Trump, President of the United States: STOP Shooting Endangered Black Rhinos

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    All I can say about this petition is PLEASE READ IT, SIGN IT AND SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

    How can anyone shoot animals for SPORT for goodness sake?  The organisers of the petition have asked people to share the text below this banner.

    STOP Shooting Endangered Black Rhinos

    I signed a petition on Action Network telling Donald Trump, President of the United States to STOP Shooting Endangered Black Rhinos.

    BACKGROUND The US government has issued a permit to US trophy hunter Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan to shoot a Namibian black rhino for ‘sport’ and bring back its skin, skull and horn into the US.

    Black rhinos are critically endangered. Just 5,000 remain in the wild.

    It follows a case brought by trophy hunting lawyer John J Jackson, who runs an organisation called ‘Conservation Force’. Jackson is a former President of Safari Club International, the world’s largest trophy hunting group.

    ‘Conservation Force’ campaigns for hunters to bring home trophies of threatened species. It also lobbies for changes in the law to make it easier to hunt vulnerable species - including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and polar bears, as well as rhinos.

    It sued Delta airlines when they previously refused to carry a black rhino trophy. It also sued the state of New Jersey when it tried to stop hunting trophies of threatened species coming in through its air and sea ports.

    Jackson has been on at least 38 elephant hunts alone. His trophy room includes the heads and bodies of giraffes, zebras, bears, buffaloes, cougars, leopards, rhinos, lions, wolves, and numerous species of deer and antelope. Several large elephant tusks form the centrepiece of his collection.

    He has written the following about trophy hunting:

    “Nothing has been so consistently fulfilling to me as my hunting.

    “It has stirred an insatiable appetite for more. Without it I would somehow be incomplete.

    “I can plainly see the African lion that has leaped into the air the moment its head snaps backward and explodes with smoke from my bullet.”

    ‘Conservation Force’ has made a number of donations to IUCN and has secured positions on key IUCN committees. Despite not being a scientist, Jackson has been a member of IUCN’s Lions specialist group.

    IUCN, through it’s ‘Traffic’ initiative, lobbied CITES delegates to vote AGAINST the proposal to protect giraffes at the recent Geneva wildlife trade conference – as did Safari Club International. The Species Survival Network, an alliance of 80 conservation groups around the world, strongly supported the measure which was proposed by a number of African nations.

    The conference also voted to double the number of black rhinos that can be shot by trophy hunters for so-called 'sport'. John Jackson and other ‘Conservation Force’ lobbyists were present at the CITES conference.

    Join me and take action  

    These animals need our help and all our voices.