Face book; OSCAP Rhino Need Our Help – Petitions To Sign

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“Please, sign the petitions below for & on behalf of OSCAP & my animal warrior sister; Louise Du Toit! “

OSCAP is a facebook group that supports Rhino Rescue Project in an attempt to quell the scourge of poaching in South Africa. Rhino Rescue Project offers a holistic horn treatment that will help save our Rhino from poaching. We believe that this is one of the tools that can be used to curb poaching.

Our aim is to put a stop Rhino Hunting in South Africa, maintain a Moratorium on Rhino Trade both locally and internationally and to keep people informed on the crisis that the Rhino are in. Rhino horn is not medicine and cannot be traded as such. Stockpiles should be burnt and our Rhino’s must be protected at all costs from becoming yet another animal to be added to the extinction list.

PETITION 1

http://petition.avaaz.org/en/petition/REINSTATE_CRIMINAL_CHARGES_AGAINST_MR_MARNUS_STEYL/?cIHaHdb

The South African rhino horn syndicate case involving game farmer Marnus Steyl, professional hunter Harry Claassens, and Thai nationals Chumlong Lemtongthai, Punpitak Chunchom, and Tool Sriton came to a close on Friday 9th November 2012 with charges being withdrawn against Mr Marnus Steyl and a guilty plea was entered by Chumlong Lemgtonthai. We believe that despite the 40 year sentence that Mr Lemtongthai received that justice has not been served by the withdrawal of charges against Mr Steyl.

26 Rhinos were killed for the purpose of getting the horns onto the illegal rhino horn market in Asia.

Below is a link to disturbing video footage of just of 1 of the 26 Rhino that were killed in a so-called “legal” rhino trophy hunt, carried out at the behest of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate:

(Same video as last post)

 http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-11-08-inside-a-legal-hunt/

 PETITION 2

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/CALLING_FOR_THE_IMMEDIATE_REMOVAL_OF_MS_MOTLALEPULA_ROSHO/?ckqfUcb

The MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism of the North West Province, Ms. Motlalepula Rosho by her inaction and refusal to accept compelling evidence and argument laid before her in the Legislature of the North West Province with regard to corruption and criminality in her department, MUST be removed forthwith.

She treats her mandate and duty with contempt and entertains International Criminals in “her” Province by handing out Hunting Permits willy nilly. She does not understand her obligations in terms of Section 24 of our Constitution and by this brings shame on our Country.

 PETITION 3

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAY_NO_TO_LEGALIZING_TRADE_IN_RHINO_HORN/?fSrXhdb&pv=0

The pro-trade lobby has tried to justify rhino horn trade in economic terms. These justifications are based on flawed & dangerous assumptions and often proposed by those with a vested financial interest in trade.

Legalizing trade will prevent poachingOn the contrary, legalizing trade has the potential to increase poaching to unsustainable levels by increasing demand and potentially even raising prices which will see a decline in rhinoceros populations. At face value, legalizing trade could bring much needed funding to South African National Parks and reserves. Notwithstanding the real risks and unintended consequences it would be morally reprehensible, highly irregular and irresponsible to promote trade at any time into the foreseeable future before other more sustainable sources of revenue are thoroughly investigated.

News Link:-https://www.facebook.com/events/536763343018155/

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Rhino Poacher Jailed For 40 Years In South Africa

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“Below are links to video & a more detailed look into this illegal racket. I was going to post it, had it all set up, then I saw this lighter version! But it’s worth reading, sounds to me like others got off Scott free; make me wonder if this guy hasn’t taken the rap for a few others!!”

A Thai man who organised illegal rhino poaching trips has been given the country’s strongest illegal wildlife sentence to date.

Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai is sentenced at Kempton Park magistrates court, South Africa. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

A Thai national has been sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of exporting rhino horns from South Africa, in the country’s strongest illegal wildlife sentence to date.

Chumlong Lemtongthai admitted to playing a large part in a scheme that used white rhino trophy hunts in South Africa as a cover for smuggling horns to black markets in Asia. He employed Asian nationals to pose as hunters and take part in organised hunts on game farms in the North West province.

Charges against three South Africans and two others Asian nationals, the co-accused, were however dropped without explanation.

Lemtongthai told Johnannesburg’s Kempton Park magistrates court: “I humbly apologise to the court and to the people of South Africa for my role in this matter. I appreciate that the emotions of all animal lovers in South Africa are running very high and that I was part of the problem.”

Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator for WWF-SA, said: “These higher-level arrests and convictions are critical to disrupting the illegal trade chains used to move rhino horns into illicit markets in Asia.”

Areas of Asiain particular Vietnam, have increased their demand for white rhino horn powder in recent years. Wrongly believed to enhance sexual performance, cure hangovers and even cancer, a growing wealthy class in Asian society have begun to pay more than ever for rhino horns. The result has been a rapid rise in rhino horn poaching in South Africa, culminating in a record rise in 2012, with more than 450 rhinos killed in the country this year already.

Around half of the poaching occurs in the Kruger national park, in the country’s north-west.

News Link:-http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/09/rhino-poacher-40-years-south-africa

Chumlong Lemtongthai is the most senior figure in a smuggling ring ever convicted in South Africa

More Indepth view of trial:-http://mg.co.za/article/2012-11-08-rhino-butchers-caught-on-film

Video of above rhino hunt:-http://www.mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-11-08-inside-a-legal-hunt

9 Dehorned Rhinos Found Alive

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Johannesburg – Fourteen rhino have been found dehorned in two provinces since Thursday, police said on Sunday. Three of them had been killed.

Eleven of the rhino were found at the Hartzhoogte game lodge in Amalia near Schweizer-Reneke in the North West, Captain Paul Ramaloko saidin a statement.

(AFP)

The game farmer found the first carcass on Thursday after he followed a trail of blood. Following the discovery, the farmer searched his farm and found 10 de-horned rhino, nine of them still alive.

The two dead rhino are believed to have been killed almost a month ago.

The nine surviving rhino were taken to a place of safety. The estimated loss to the game farmer was about R5 million.

In the Eastern Cape three rhino were found dehorned at a game farm near Kenton-on-Sea.

“A driver was taking tourists on a game drive when he noticed three rhino in distress,” Ramaloko said.

The driver called the police and a veterinarian.

“When they arrived at the scene, the police noticed that one of the three rhino was dead. Two rhino were in a critical condition,” Ramaloko said.

The rhinos had been darted before their horns were removed.

The two wounded rhino were being treated. Police were investigating.

 News Link:-http://www.news24.com/Green/9-dehorned-rhinos-found-alive-20121104

 

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