Organized criminal gangs behind rhino horn processing in South Africa

Stephen Wiggins Studies 2 Comments

Banner Image: Rhinos in South Africa © Brent Stirton/Getty Images/WWF-UK A TRAFFIC report released 18 September 2017, “reveals disturbing new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa are now processing rhino horn locally into beads, bracelets, bangles and powder to evade detection and provide ready-made …

Save Our Rhino – Open Letter to Minister Molewa

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Banner Image Courtesy of Save Our Rhino Save Our Rhino  has issued an ‘open letter’ (dated 13 August 2017), seeking clarity from Minister Molewa, Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA). Indeed, we all look forward to the response from Minister Molewa. Questions about controlling domestic rhino horn trade …

Grinding Rhino – Elephant Action League Investigation

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Elephant Action League (EAL) July 2017, undercover investigation report “Grinding Rhino – Operation Red Cloud” (PDF), highlights alleged, extensive authority complicity within Vietnam and China (including the Chinese Navy) to facilitate the laundering of poached rhino horns smuggled out of Africa. On the subject of any lifting of the standing, …

South Africa’s Claimed ‘Need’ for Wildlife Utilisation

Stephen Wiggins Article 3 Comments

Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere So, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent Republic of South Africa’s, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) ‘thinking.’ African Lion IWB Letter to the South African High Commissioner, London, 11 July 2017 In the DEA’s 28 June 2017 …

Proposed trade in rhinoceros horn – South Africa

Stephen Wiggins Article, Speaking Out 5 Comments

Petition – “Take a stand for South Africa’s rhinos!“ Petition – “We don’t want your rhino horn” – Vietnam, Born Free Foundation Petition – “Stop SA Government legalizing domestic and international trade in Rhino horn” – Global March for Elephants and Rhino Government Gazette, Vol.  620, 8 February 2017, No. …

Rhino Horn Harvesting – “A Shortcut to Extinction?”

Stephen Wiggins Article, Event, Petition 6 Comments

Banner image – Courtesy of Brent Stirton, Getty/National Geographic Creative  On Wednesday (3 August 2016), I attended a live debate at London’s The Royal Institution of Great Britain. The motion before the house was “This house believes that the global trade of rhino horn should be legalized” – The Royal …