Prince William and Former U.S. Secretary Clinton step up their support to end wildlife trafficking and stop the poaching of rhino and elephants in Africa.
In celebration of World Rhino Day 2013 NIKELA Volunteer, Wendy Sotos writes…
“Everyone contributes to the continued demand for illegal animal goods,” former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said. “Wildlife might be targeted and killed across Asia and Africa, but their furs, tusks, bones, and horns are sold all over the world. Smuggled goods from poached animals find their way to Europe, Australia, China, and the United States. “I regret to say the United States is the second-largest destination market for illegally trafficked wildlife in the world.”
Crime against wildlife is a problem of global proportions. Run by dangerous international networks, wildlife trafficking is endangering not only current animal populations, but also threatens to overturn decades of conservational gains. Trafficked much like illegal drugs or guns, the illegal poaching, and subsequent selling, of animal parts is a multimillion dollar business.
The poaching of rhinos for their horns for “medical purposes” or the killing of elephants for their ivory tusks, are well known and documented. The useless killing of both these species is pushing both dangerously close to the brink of extinction.
Extinction = never again to walk on this earth.
Worth more than gold or cocaine, rhino horn continues to command a high price tag in Asia and Vietnam. Always falsely linked to cure many ailments, the latest “medical cure” links rhino horn to curing cancer. This has led to the massive poaching of the black rhino in South Africa in recent years.
5000% increase in rhino poaching in South Africa between 2007 and 2012.
Over 600 killed this year so far!
Weak laws and judicial systems, and light sentences to those who are convicted, enable this horrible practice to continue. With little or no regard to the species they slaughter and push to closer to extinction, the promise of a huge paycheck is more than worth the risk.
Lucky for the rhinos (and some of their other animal friends) their plight is now not only a global concern, but a royal one as well.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, recently vowed to save Africa’s endangered wildlife.
“It makes me very angry, it’s a waste.” William shared and added it is his goal to ensure that his new son, George, see a live rhino.
“If we don’t do something about them (the rhinos and elephants) it is going to be a tragic loss for everyone.”
You don’t have to be heir to the throne, or to have lived in the White House, to save rhinos. Right now the rhino needs you and your support more than ever. All you need is compassion and a voice. Share your compassion by standing up and being their voice!
September 22nd is World Rhino Day–what better way to celebrate the rhino than by raising awareness of their plight, sharing information and./or donating to your favorite cause.
Many thanks Wendy. It’s volunteers like you all around the world that make a difference.