The below article is courtesy of Kruger 2 Canyon newspaper. You can visit their website at www.kruger2canyon.co.za
RHINO CONSERVATION – Conservation bodies, private reserve owners and the public are coming together to wage war against the onslaught of rhino poaching that is taking place within South Africa’s borders. The Wilderness Foundation believes that one of the keys to saving the rhino is an international outcry and a change in laws regarding the importation of rhino horn into foreign countries.
‘We need to capture the attention of international governments, particularly those who have influence over China. Through massive public and governmental pressure on the major importers of the horn, we have a chance to save these animals,’ says director of the Wilderness Foundation, Andrew Muir. ‘Escalating poaching figures and continuing brutal attacks on rhinos show that an inter-continental effort is needed to fight back.’
The Wilderness Foundation will be presenting a petition against rhino poaching to the US congress this September. ‘The petition will be presented to the highest governmental powers and is a vital part of the lobbying campaign which is needed to change the laws regarding the importation of rhino horn into foreign countries,’ says Muir.
It is crucial that the petition conveys a powerful message to international authorities. ‘We need as many signatures as possible to highlight the severity of the issue, and thus secure the full weight of support from the US in joining the fight to save the rhino,’ says Muir.
Rhino poaching may be an African tragedy but it is a global responsibility. Join the fight and help us gather signatures by encouraging people to sing up: http://wildernessfoundation.co.za/savetherhinos/