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Man, Money & Rhinos – Unravelling the Tangled Knot of Poaching

Very interesting facts and discussion on rhinos and their horns, the preservation, poaching, persecution, and other facts concerning these animals. Thanks to Animalista Untamed here is the blog post:

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“We walk around armed at all times. We’re all living 24 hours in a state of readiness. You would start at first light trying to check on all your animals on the reserve, to make sure they’re alive”– Pelham Jones, president of the Private Rhino Owners Association

In 2007, 13 rhino were poached in South Africa. In 2008, 83. Since 2008 poaching has risen by – can you get your head around this? – 8,900%.  And no, I haven’t made a mistake with the noughts. The strange thing is, until that time the white rhino population of the Republic of South Africa was actually increasing. It hardly seems possible. All we hear now is how to save from extinction the iconic African Big Five, one of which is of course, the rhino.

rhino-1077906__180Many in the RSA now believe it’s no coincidence the massive upsurge in poaching suddenly began at just about…

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The Killing Game – The Trophy Is Extinction?

Photo: IFAW

Photo: IFAW

Whether the first human settlements were developed 40.000 or 100.000 years ago, these settlements were only possible after the development of a food source that did not come from hunting. Since then, human beings have come a long way. At least those who believe that survival no longer depends on hunting.

And then there are those who believe killing is a game. They no longer need to hunt, but see it as a fun pastime. No matter how high the costs.

“Black rhinos are in trouble – but that’s not stopping two American hunters who want to bring home a sickening trophy.

With only 1,800 remaining in Namibia and a worldwide population of just 5,000, black rhinos are endangered and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Some hunters don’t care about those numbers. They want to kill a rhino, and they want to bring their gruesome trophy home.

Tell the U.S. government to protect rare rhinos.

Two American hunters have applied for import permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They need the import permit to bring home the remains of a dead rhino. ”

Please read more here and sign the petition, reblog, share, spread the news:

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Save the Date for Elephants and Rhinos: October 4th, 2014

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Traditionally, October 4th is World Animal Day. For over 80 years, this day has been marked as the day to spread the word on animal awareness. There will be many events, here is one spread out over all continents:

In Defense of Animals is organizing a March for Elephants and Rhinos:

“In Africa, four elephants are illegally killed for their ivory every hour with only 300,000 to 500,000 alive today. Every nine hours a rhino is killed for his/her horn and it’s estimated that fewer than 22,000 African rhino now remain. In South Africa, more lions survive now in captivity, where they are bred for petting zoos and canned hunts, than roam in the wild. Poaching helps to support terrorist activities and is contributing to the destabilization of Africa – killing humans and animals. This tragic state of the world’s iconic animals will soon lead to their extinction, unless we collectively come together to reverse the current trend.”

You can read more and find out about a location near you here

Thank you for spreading the word on animal awareness!