Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: To implement a better policy with regards to rhinoceros conservation and biodiversity in general
On November 11th, 2011, the subspecies western black rhinoceros, or west African black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes), was classified as extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a main assessor of the conservation status of flora and fauna. The announcement was made as scientists were unable to locate any in 2011. The organization also expressed concerns over the status of northern white rhinoceros, or northern square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), suggesting it may, too, be extinct. Both subspecies were last seen in 2006.
The IUCN also mentioned a possibility that the Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) of southeast Asia was also extinct.
Despite an increase in overall numbers of black and white rhinos, several subspecies have been less fortunate. The IUCN Species Survival Commission chair Simon Stuart stressed the importance of security and conservation with regards to animals prized for their poaching value.
Rhinoceros horns are highly sought after for their supposed medicinal traits – often fetching over $35,000 per kilogram on the black market.
There have been suggestions that legalizing the rhino horn trade would not only provide funds for further rhino conservation, it would also place control solely in the hands of the governing bodies. But, several organizations have been less receptive towards the idea, including the World Wildlife Fund.
Nevertheless, current efforts are not suitable with regards to biodiversity conservation in general. Even though, other subspecies of rhinoceros are not of least environmental concern, with recent rising trends, they may share a similar fate with the western black rhinoceros, the northern white rhinoceros, and the Javan rhinoceros. Therefore, we demand that more resources be invested in preserving rhinoceroses and biodiversity, in general.
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
As you already know the IUCN has recently listed several subspecies of rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes, Ceratotherium simum cottoni, and Rhinoceros sondaicus) extinct or near extinct.
Understandably this is troubling for you as well as everyone in the environmental community, but despite a rise in overall rhinoceros numbers, biodiversity has decreased and continues to decrease.
It is clear that current efforts are insufficient with regards to biodiversity conservation. In response, we must urge participating countries to invest more resources towards preserving biodiversity.
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