Target: John Scanlon, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Secretary-General
Goal: Reject South Africa’s anticipated proposal to revoke the ban on rhino horn trade.
Experts anticipate that South Africa will propose revoking the international ban on trading rhino horns during the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting this year. This proposal would come in the wake of a statistically insignificant decrease in the number of rhinos killed by poachers last year within the confines of South Africa. Continent wide, however, the number of rhinos killed by poachers increased during that same time period.
If CITES approves South Africa’s anticipated proposal to lift the ban on trading rhino horns, the number of rhinos slaughtered will increase dramatically. Rhino horns are highly prized in China and Southeast Asia. Lifting the rhino horn ban would allow investors to line their pockets at the expense of a magnificent species – one that is already considered critically endangered.
Tell CITES they must protect rhinos and deny the request to lift the international trade ban on their horns by signing this petition.
Dear Mr. Scanlon,
An important part of CITES’ strategic vision includes “significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss.” Wxperts indicate that South African leaders plan to use the small reduction of poaching within their borders to propose lifting this ban on rhino horn trade. Although South Africa’s poaching numbers slightly decreased last year, continent wide, rhino poaching has increased. Lifting the ban on rhino horn trade would only add to the number of rhino deaths and possibly lead to the extinction of this already critically endangered species.
We demand CITES protect the rhinos and prevent investors from lining their pockets with money from the rhino horn trade by keeping the international ban on trading rhino horns in place.
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