South Africa: Repeal Legalization of Rhino Horn Trade

Target: Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

Goal: Demand that legalization of the domestic rhino horn trade be repealed immediately.

South Africa’s top court has overturned a ban on the domestic rhino horn trade, a ban that has been in place since 2009. This is very bad news for the country’s vulnerable rhino species, particularly the southern white rhino, which is heavily poached to bolster the ivory trade.

Rhino species have been in alarming decline for decades, with more and more being killed every day for their horns. Even with laws in place to stop the ivory trade and to protect these animals, hunters and poachers are still fighting to overturn these laws and to bend the rules in their favor. To them, it appears that making a profit is more important than the lives of living creatures. Worse, the majority of white rhinos left in this world live in South Africa; with the ban on horn trading overturned, this could decimate their population.

We cannot let this happen. Rhinos have been under attack for much too long, and they need protection now more than ever. Sign this petition to urge South Africa’s leaders to reinstate the rhino horn ban.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Zuma,

The South African court’s decision to overturn the ban on domestic rhino horn trade is reprehensible. Most of the world’s white rhino population resides in South Africa, thanks to the 2009 ban on horn trades, but the decision to repeal this law could critically endanger the southern white rhino, which has only recently recovered from near extinction thanks to massive conservation efforts.

Hunters and poachers have been killing this species en masse for years to fortify the ivory trade, which in and of itself is being banned and is considered unethical in several other countries. The approval of the horn trade is valuing profit made from ivory over the lives of innocent living creatures. Please work to pass new legislation to put the 2009 ban back in place. Do not let more rhinos die due to human greed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Karl Stromayer

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6 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    don’t cut the horns off!

  2. ASIANS AGAIN, DONT THESE IDIOTS KNOW THAT THEY MIGHT AS WELL EAT THERE OWN FINGER NAILS, THAT IS WHAT RHINO HORN IS THE SAME AS THEIR FINGER NAILS, THE ASIAN BRAIN IS MENTALY DERAINGED, NOT NORMAL, YOU STUPID IDIOTS RHINO HORN IS NOT MEDICINE, CHEW YOUR OWN FINGER NAILS IT IS A LOT CHEAPER, STUPID EVIL BARBERIANS, IT AMAZES ME HOW MENTALY RETARDED ASIANS ARE DONT THEY KNOW THE WHOLE WORLD IS DISGUSTED WITH THEM & ALSO LAUGHING AT THEIR STUPID IDIOTIC MENTALITY.

  3. Beth Marie says:

    So sad South Africa cares nothing for its remaining animals.

    • It’s very sad, true. They care about money I guess. If this decision isn’t reversed, it may spell the end of rhinos.

  4. Please save this animals !

  5. Susan McMurtrie says:

    There are less then 20,000 southern white rhino left in the world. The high prices paid for their horns guarantees that poaching will continue to be a problem and will most likely assure their eventual extinction, unless governments make saving rhinos a priority. Many dedicated people have been trying to save the northern white rhino (a genetically different sub-species) but sadly, there are only 3 left at a conservancy in Kenya, 3! One elderly male and 2 younger females. Do any of us have the right to rob our children and future generations of a world with rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, orangutans, giraffes, and so many other magnificent animals on the verge of extinction? The wild is a magical place, and what a tragedy it is every time we destroy it.

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