Not about dogs on this occasion but definitely something everyone should be aware of, especially animal lovers.
The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone -- a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off. European nations could lead the world to a new plan to save these amazing creatures but they need to hear from us first!
Fuelling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies and good luck charms in China and Vietnam. Protests from South Africa have so far been ignored by the authorities, but Europe has the power to change this by persuading the world’s convention to protect endangered animals to ban all rhino trade -- from anywhere, to anywhere -- when the countries meet at the next crucial international summit in July.
The situation is so dire that the threat has even spread into British zoos who are on red-alert for rhino killing gangs now hunting in the very places built to protect rhinos! Let’s raise a giant outcry and urge Europe to push for new protections to save rhinos from extinction. Sign the petition below then forward this email widely -- when we reach 50,000 signers we’ll set up a huge rhino petition counter in Brussels, the decision-making heart of Europe. The counter will be updated daily so when EU delegates are deciding their position, they’ll know that people across the world want them to save the rhinos!
One rhino was killed every day in South Africa this January, home to 80% of the world’s remaining rhinos. Horns now have a street value of over $65,000 a kilo -- more expensive than gold or platinum. The South African Environment Minister has pledged to take action by putting 150 extra wardens and even an electric fence along the Mozambique border to try and stem the attacks -- but the scale of the threat is so severe that global action is required.
Unless we act today we may lose this magnificent and ancient animal species permanently. The Chinese are lobbying for the trade in horn to be relaxed, and banning the trade in rhinos will shame them into action. With the EU’s leadership, we can bring these international gangsters to justice, put the poachers in prison and push for public awareness programmes in key Asian countries -- and end this horn horror show for good.
In the next few weeks the EU will be setting its agenda for the next big global meeting in just a few months -- our best chance of turning the tide against the slaughter. We know that rhinos will be on their agenda, but only our pressure can ensure they challenge the problem at source. Let’s build a giant outcry and deliver it in a spectacular fashion-- sign now and together we can stop the slaughter across Africa:
In 2010, Avaaz’s actions helped to stop the elephant ivory trade from exploding. In 2012, we can do the same for the rhino. When we speak out together, we can change the world and stop the unstoppable. Last year was the worst year ever for the rhino, but this can be the year when we win.
With hope and determination,
Iain, Sam, Maria Paz, Emma, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team
Few Rhinos Survive Outside Protected Areas (WWF)
South Africa record for rhino poaching deaths (BBC)
'Cure for cancer' rumour killed off Vietnam's rhinos (The Guardian)
British Zoos on Alert as Rhino Poaching Hits the UK (International Business Times)
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Related terms: Save the Rhino South Africa, Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, Save the Rhino International, Wonder Pets save the Rhino, Save the Black Rhino, Rhinos International, Rhino Populations, IRF Rhino