Dear Mr Scanlon, members of the Secretariat, Standing Committee, management and scientific representatives of Parties:
We call upon you to organise an emergency meeting with a single agenda point:
Put all possible measures in place to stop the out-of control poaching of rhinos.
Measures should include, but not be limited to:
1. Refuse Vietnam and other implicated countries permits, for all listed species, until such time as all suspected dealers and possessors of illegal animal parts have been brought to book.
2. A moratorium on all hunting permits for all Rhino, until the poaching is down to zero.
3. A moratorium on all sales of Rhino, until the poaching is down to zero.
4. An immediate FULL census of all remaining rhino, DNA sampling, chipping, e-tracking, indelible ink infusion, and treatment to render the horn (while keeping it on it's owners head) unfit for human consumption.
5. Listing of all species of Rhino to Critically Endangered.
6. All horn stockpile (from dead and de-horned Rhino) to be rendered unfit for human consumption - by fire, poison or other suitable method that will smash the myth that it is somehow medicine.
7. Denounce all talk of trade in bogus medicine as fuelling fraud.
Wide Lipped Rhino
This petition closed almost 5 years ago
If we don’t take action now, rhinos could be extinct within the next decade. Every 14.6 hours a rhino is killed so that its horns can be used as bogus medicine. Rhino horns are in demand on the...
If we don’t take action now, rhinos could be extinct within the next decade. Every 14.6 hours a rhino is killed so that its horns can be used as bogus medicine. Rhino horns are in demand on the criminal black markets in Vietnam - per kilogram - worth more than diamonds and gold. Grinding dishes are sold to make a concoction with water and horn powder, in the false hope that it may cure cancer and other ailments. Science has proven that it has no health benefits whatsoever.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international agreement to protect animals from exploitation, has some regulations in place to stop the trade of rhino horn. Unfortunately, these regulations have been found wanting, full of loopholes, and easily sidestepped to feed the falsely created hype in Vietnam.
The dwindling numbers aren’t only a result of poaching. Trophy hunting of rhinos in South Africa is still allowed, and 70% of the "hunters" are Vietnamese, or from neighbours Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. This ‘legal’ form of rhino slaughter is fuelling the trade in horns that is driving the species to extinction.
CITES must put strong pressure on Vietnam and it's neighbours to stop the trade of rhino horn, halt trophy hunting permits for rhinos, and mount a public education campaign to show that rhino horn is useless for medicinal purposes.