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South Africa:Call to Overturn Rhino Trade Ban

Animals  (tags: wildlife, rhino, extinction, trade )

- 2170 days ago -
If SA was able to persuade Cites to overturn the trading ban, it would take two years to introduce a system of controlled, legal trading in rhino horn.

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MmAway M (507)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 7:35 am
Thank you Jill~ Rushing and didn't get to your news, but in your intro, two years may be sadly to late for all that is going on. Just my humble opinion


MmAway M (507)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 7:37 am
Did get to the site before I have to sign off, that last paragraph tore the heart out of me 2/3 vote needed by China and Vietnam...Well, doesn't look to good from where I sit!

Michela M (3964)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 7:40 am
Noted!! Thankssssss

Ruth C (87)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 7:47 am
Its going to take two years and in the meantime these animals are going to continue to die!!

Teresa W (782)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:06 am
noted, thank you

Lisa N (207)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:27 am
Noted, the situation is desperate & dire & I just hold hope & pray for this precious animal. I am all for whatever it is that can help protect & preserve them in any way shape or form! Thanks Jill.

Rock H (254)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 10:53 am
Noted, thanks Jill

Kim O (396)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 1:34 pm
Well they'd better figure something out before there's nothing left to save!! Thanks Jill

Genoveva M (328)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 2:30 pm
While I am glad there are people fighting to find a plan to protect the rhino and his extinction; I am also afraid of the time and results because the time consuming this is taking, and the number of killing of rhino ending in the actual extinction of such a beautiful specie.
I can never understand why people in power takes so long to comprehend and distinguish right from wrong and to find the solution, when is all very simple if you put greedy aside and just pursue what is morally right for the animal kingdom. It is always the selfish human nature what interferes and destroy what it was given to to enjoy as a privilege, so that we can protect as such, not as a property..

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 2:56 pm
Noted. Thanks Jill.

Mary T (178)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 3:47 pm
Thanks Jill, Why does it always take so long to find solutions for those in power, I hope that they get their act together before it is to late for these wonderful animals.

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:01 am

P A (117)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:11 am
Thanks Jill - it seems most odd to me that people in government who allege they are trying to save the Rhino are promoting something that can surely only add to poaching?

Save the Rhino!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:18 pm
Thank You Jill. noted.

How to STOP the DAMNED poaching for ever ?????????

Poor innocent Rhinos... :-( :-(

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:41 pm
When killing people for parts is legal then I'll think about it but until the lives of rhinos are considered to be as important as humans I can not condone this. I know that will never happen so that is why I am saying it. I do think rhinos are as or more important though as I like them better than most people. Killing an animal for a body part should never be considered acceptable. IT makes that animal into an object and poachers will continue no matter what limits they try to set.

Lisa H (180)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:04 pm
I'm sorry, but did anyone READ the article? THERE IS A BAN IN PLACE, there has been for 30 years. So why don't we STOP THEM FROM OVERTURNING the BAN?? ANYONE??

Linda P (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:19 pm

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:21 pm
I hate poaching!

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:55 pm
Overturning the ban is wrong.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:56 pm
Lisa, I think it is because the ban is not working to stop poaching and they are now looking for alternatives .... but, I do not agree with it! Like Patricia has said: It seems most odd that the people in Government who allege they are trying to save the Rhino, are actually promoting something that can add to poaching. Thanks Jill!

michelle t (41)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:06 pm
Kill the poachers and anyone involved in this barbaric trade.SIMPLE!!

Susann K (24)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:09 pm

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:56 pm
Noted Tks. Jill....There won't be any left worry to worry about.. They have to act now...KILL ALL POACHERS.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:13 pm
Noted! I hope they ban this crap forever!

janet f (29)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:34 pm
With the few remaining animals left in the wild, exactly how do these geniuses think that that small amount of rhino horn from those animals that die naturally will stop the poaching? These poachers want the money that the horns bring in. Do they think poachers will just stop the killing because legal sales will be approved?

With no other choice, shoot to kill poachers, no questions asked. And protection of the animals needs to be stepped up.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 10:27 pm
I think those that can't protect the Rhino's need to give them to country's that will and will hire poachers to poach the poachers. Make this a decision the poachers will have to make if it's worth their lives for. Make it so their familys will also have to suffer and loose everything if they are caught. Put the stakes so high, that the poachers will not want to get involved. Poison the horns so anyone who takes one will kill themselves and all that use the horn. Something needs to be done now.

R T (14)
Monday July 16, 2012, 1:02 am
The ban on Rhino horn trade is clearly not working which is why the idea of legalising the trade is being considered. As I understand it the idea is that if the trade is legalised the value of the horns will be reduced and as a result it becomes less profitable for the poachers. This sounds great in theory but will it work in practice? I have my doubts although it might slow the poaching down.
Personally I would like to see anti poaching laws tightened and penalties raised sky high with automatic confiscation of property and assets and these transfered to the funding of anti poaching units. Also anti poaching units should have a shoot to kill instruction when they encounter armed poachers.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 16, 2012, 3:33 am
Noted, thanks.

Marie G (0)
Monday July 16, 2012, 3:47 am
All the money spent on conferences to Save the Rhinio should go to a worldwide Education Campaign that rhino horn (or any other horn) does absolutely nothing for health or virility or any other medical "requirement". It's just keratin (like our hair and fingernails). Animals that are killed for their horns, tusks, bones or any other body parts are all going extinct too rapidly now to be actually saved. This must STOP NOW!

Vera T (2)
Monday July 16, 2012, 6:52 am
Selling the stock pile with certain conditions to dealers in the far East is more or less condoning the fact that they are given permission to contimue using it,, instead of trying to educate the masses there that by ingesting the horn does absolutely NOTHING for their health. When the stock pile is finished what then ?? there is such a huge demand in China and Vietnam that it will be ongoing to poach rhino for their horn until not one remains. Why on earth they cannot poison the horn if they can be assured it doesn't hurt the animal and there is adequate warning would that not be a better solution - if someone eats the horn and dies well that's tough luck - rhinos are endangered - humans aren't

Nancy C (806)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 10:09 am
Thanx Jill Lifting a ban that's not working seems moot. Natural mortality goods will not satisfy the trade. Still need education to the masses on this. The pimps won't let go of their business.
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