Grinding Rhino – Elephant Action League Investigation

Stephen Wiggins Studies 1 Comment

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 …

New Twist in South Africa’s Rhino Horn Trade

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 1 Comment

Banner: Courtesy of SanWild, picture of a rhino killed by poachers for its horn On 26 November 2015, South Africa’s, Pretoria High Court ‘approved’ a challenge by two rhino farmers (John Hume and Johan Kruger) to sell their stockpiles of ‘harvested’ rhino horn, overturning a 2009 moratorium on such trade. Note: For those …

South Africa’s Rhino Dilemma

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 2 Comments

South Africa has an alarming problem with the poaching of rhino, including ‘rouge’ hunting ‘outfitters,’ police and authorities (allegedly): “Rogue South African trophy hunters are directly involved in ‘a mad scramble’ to poach rhinos and get their horns out of the Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources.” “Confidential documents …

Saturday, 30 April 2016 – A Complex Day for Wildlife

Stephen Wiggins Article, Event, Petition 1 Comment

Saturday, 30 April 2016 will be remembered as a complex day for wildlife: In Kenya, there was a burning of confiscated ivory (and rhino horn); In London, A March to Stop Lion Trophy Hunting; In Swaziland, a proposal for rhino horn harvesting emerged; In South Africa, the sad loss of an …

“South African Government Decides Against Rhino Horn Trade”

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Update: “Confirmed: No Rhino Horn Trade Proposal from South Africa at CITES CoP17,” Annamiticus, 25 April 2016 It is being reported by Reuters Africa, that South Africa has decided against ‘legalising’ rhino horn harvesting. But, stockpiling will continue at the farms where rhino horn has been harvested from (anesthetised) rhino. …

Who’s Actually Killing and ‘Making a Killing’ from Rhino?

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 9 Comments

By Andrew Van Ginkel, Durban, South Africa, 19 April 2016 Pseudo-hunting, Trophy Hunting and Rhino Poaching South Africa is home to 93% of the rhinos in Africa. At the start of the 20th century there were only 500,000 wild rhinos on earth. By 1970 this number had dropped to 70,000, today …