Target: Bomo Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa
Goal: Applaud efforts to decrease the rate of rhinoceros poaching throughout South Africa.
The rate of poaching in South Africa is finally decreased due to the efforts of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs. In 2007, there were only 13 recorded rhinoceros deaths in South Africa, the country with the greatest rhinoceros population worldwide. Throughout the next eight years, the rate of rhino poaching increased nearly ten thousand percent with a record high in 2014 of 1,215 rhinoceros deaths, but those numbers are finally falling. Though there is still a long way to go towards rhinoceros conservation and protection, this is a monumental first step for the nation of South Africa and the world as a whole.
The Ministry of Environmental Affairs has approached the problem of rhino poaching with a three-pronged defense. First, they increased arrests of poachers in order to punish individuals threatening the lives of these vulnerable rhinos. Second, they began placing rhinoceroses in secure nature reserves in order to provide them with a safe environment. Finally, they increased security around Kruger National Park, Africa’s largest game reserve with a diverse variety of animals, in order to ensure the safety of these animals.
Environmentalists have projected that in 2016, rhinoceros poaching deaths could overtake rhinoceros births, which means that these animals could go extinct in the very near future unless we continue to take drastic measures to protect these animals. The Western Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2011, largely due to poaching. Furthermore, the last remaining Northern White Rhino on the planet recently died in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
It is vital that we recognize the efforts of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and encourage them to continue with their work in order to protect this great animal. By signing this petition, you are thanking Bomo Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, for taking steps in order to reduce the rate of rhino poaching throughout the country.
Dear Minister Molewa,
For the first time in nearly 10 years, the rate of rhino poaching in South Africa has finally decreased due to the efforts of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs. Back in 2007, there were only 13 recorded rhinoceros deaths, a number which increased almost ten thousand percent. Though in 2015, there were still over a thousand cases of rhinoceros poaching, the number has decreased since 2014 due to more poacher arrests and more rhinoceros protection.
There is still a long way to go in order to ensure protection of the lives of these vulnerable rhinos, but the decrease in poaching is a very important first step. Keeping good security around Kruger National Park, one of the most valuable nature reserves in the world, and keeping rhinos in safe reserves is vital to the survival of the species and the protection of the precarious environment of the South African savanna.
Thank you so much for taking steps to protect innocent and vulnerable rhinoceroses from poaching and enforcing policies to ensure environmental protection throughout South Africa.
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Photo Credit: Karl Stromayer