Ahead of the May 2019 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES Convention) in Sri Lanka, also referred to as the Washington Convention, international wildlife activists are sending out a petition in hopes of influencing the South African Government against legalizing the sale of Rhino Horn next month- which many expect them to do.
As the petition is quick to point out, the Government of South Africa “are curators of an enormous Rhino Horn stockpile.” Explaining that “the black market value of Rhino horn is £51 000 per kilogram – making Rhino Horn more valuable than Gold, Platinum for Diamonds per gram.” As a result, “Rhinos in South Africa are still facing extinction and South Africa has lost half its rhino population since this crisis began. Conservationists have confirmed that, on average, poachers kill three rhinos per day.” At the time of this article the petition has generated 368,852 signatures, short of its 500,000 goal. If you would like to contribute to this cause, you can add your e-signature via the link provided below.
Sign Petition Here: https://www.change.org/p/ban-the-south-african-domestic-trade-in-rhino-horn-and-the-global-trade-in-endangered-species-parts?recruiter=72128957&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=ad709aed-5e91-4e84-bc6f-f00de1823f6d
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) March 12, 2019
.@CITESCoP18 #Chinese Poaching Syndicates have #ZimWildTrade in sway .. $1M #Rhino horn .. still no charges to stick .. unprepared State " All in together .. #BringOurRhinosBack #CITES #COP18 https://t.co/xvW1lAKgPD
— suzanne beer (@suzanne2351) April 19, 2019