Protect Anti-Poaching Efforts From Budget Cuts

Target: Bomo Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Tourism

Goal: Ensure that anti-poaching efforts in South Africa continue to receive necessary funding.

The South African Government is currently planning large budget cuts that could threaten their anti-poaching efforts. According to Business Day, the operational budgets of state-run game reserves are facing a 40 percent cut. Conservationists believe this will impact both anti-poaching efforts and biodiversity.

Game reserves are complicated — despite being a place where controlled hunting does occur, they also enable many wild animals to live freely and openly on large areas of land. However, poaching is much more detrimental to wildlife. It involves killing animals illegally and often then selling their fur or ivory to make a profit. These reserves help to prevent that in many cases.

This comes at a time when rhinos, elephants, leopards and other animals are being killed by the thousands as a direct result of poaching. One statistic showed that in 2012, 668 elephants were poached in South Africa, and that number then increased to 946 by the end of January the following year. In addition, at the beginning of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants alive. That number has dwindled to somewhere around 450,000 and poaching has had a major impact on that.

Lastly, the economy of South Africa is sustained by tourism and loss of wildlife will greatly impact that industry. Sign this petition to ensure that the South African Government continues to protect its species from poachers and to allow anti-poaching efforts to continue to receive the funding it needs to make an impact.


Dear Ministers,

The proposed cut on state-run game reserves by 40 percent will largely hinder anti-poaching efforts currently underway in your country. Poaching is dangerous for many animals who call South Africa home — including elephants, rhinos, leopards and more. This illegal form of killing targets animals for the prophet that can be made from selling their fur or ivory.

Although game reserves do allow controlled hunting, they also do a lot to prevent poaching and give many animals the chance to live openly and freely in the wild. Administering this budget cut will be detrimental to the efforts being made to ensure the poaching is brought to an end.

In addition, this will have a negative impact on the South African economy, which is sustained by tourism because wildlife plays a major role in bringing in tourists.

We encourage you to reconsider the budget cut and to do what is necessary to protect your animals from the dangerous and illegal act of poaching.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Protection is vital- we are losing our precious wildlife and our world.

  2. Wildlife is essential for the survival of the planet and the humans who live on it. Each species, no matter its size nor how insignificant it may seem to humans, has its own role in making this planet work and thrive efficiently. Humans, however, are the least necessary species on earth, and it, and every other species on it would fare much better without any of us.

  3. Rosemary Packard says:

    Poaching is evil stop

  4. To the person who wrote this petition: I think you mean “profit” not “prophet”.

  5. D. Farrimond says:


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