Save White Rhinos from Poachers

Target: Mr. Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique

Goal: Demand that Mozambique crack down on the illegal ivory trade running rampant and unchecked within their borders

In 2013, 1,004 white rhinos were killed. This was an all-time high for poaching that is pushing the animals near threatened status. The demand for white rhinos is being driven by buyers in Asia and facilitated by lax laws in Mozambique. Tell the President of Mozambique that it is time to stop the flood of illegal ivory through his country’s borders and to save the white rhino from extinction.

The demand for the ivory horns of white rhinos and the ease of passing the horns through Mozambique have combined to create a surge in poaching activity over the last several years. If current trends continue, in just a few years more rhinos will be killed than born, signalling the end for this creature. Poachers, often part of large international criminal organizations, are using Mozambique as a base of operations both for access to South Africa for hunting and to smuggle the horns back out of the country. The horns are then sold to the wealthy in Vietnam and China.

Current laws in Mozambique only consider animal crimes a misdemeanor, and what few laws they have are loosely enforced. Removing this safe haven for poachers will go a long way towards saving the white rhino. Demand Mozambique crack down on the criminal poaching operations in their country.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Guebuza,

For too long, poachers have been able to operate out of Mozambique with little fear of interference or prosecution. The lax laws and weak enforcement have coupled with the demand for ivory in Asia to cause a surge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Last year, 1,004 white rhinos were killed for their horns. This represents a leap of one and a half times the poaching rate of the previous year, and is the highest number of rhinos killed in recorded history. The white rhino is now near threatened status and if this trend continues more rhinos will be killed each year than born, signalling the end of this amazing creature.

Mozambique plays a crucial role in stopping the illegal ivory trade by blocking access for poachers to South Africa and stopping them from smuggling the horns through your country so as to sell them in Asia. You must end the safe haven status Mozambique has with poachers, increase animal crimes from misdemeanors to felonies, raid and break up poaching operations, and crack down with the full weight of the government on these criminals. President Guebuza, it is time for Mozambique to do its part to save the white rhino from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: fwooper via flickr

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  1. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FCsyK4aRXQ

  2. This is so outrageous and cruel!
    I also have another petition to the govt of S. Africa via my recent piece on Lada Ray Blog – please visit and sign! Thank you! http://ladaray.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/rhinoceros-in-south-africa-need-your-help-before-their-extinction/

  3. Myrna Burdick says:

    This needs to be stopped where the demand is – in Asia.

    ALL shipments into Africa from Asia and shipments out to any Asian country needs to be thoroughly
    searched.
    I am sure that the weapons that the poachers use
    come from Asia so that the poachers’ taskmasters can get the ivory to carve into little do-dads.

    I know that the people of most African countries are poor but
    butchery of wondrous animals is not the way.

  4. The human race is the most destructive animals on this Earth. Thank God a great number of us have seen the light and are trying to help others see that light.Keep up the work to stop the cruelty and abuse that is rampant around the globe.Animals have a right to live the same as human beings.Here we have another victim of mans self serving thoughtless brutality where everything looses.

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