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”

Stephen Wiggins Uncategorised 4 Comments

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 …

“The Ghosts of Africa” lost to Hunting and Poaching

Stephen Wiggins Article 3 Comments

By guest writer, Andrew Van Ginkel, Durban, South Africa Trophy Hunting           | Poaching                             | Unethical Breeding Pay money to kill        | Kill to make money      | Making a killing Trophy hunters shoot more animals in South Africa each year (almost 50,000 animals were shot by trophy hunters in …

Saving One Rhino at a Time – Meet ‘Vinnie’

Stephen Wiggins Article, Fund Raising 2 Comments

As we know, there is bloody battle to save rhinoceros from the poachers’ brutal onslaught, particularly in South Africa, the last natural rhino strong-hold. “Further reports came in this morning around 04h30 of yet another two rhinos found dead in a private reserve in South Africa. It feels like a …

Is South Africa a Worthy CoP17 Host?

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 12 Comments

In September 2016, CITES will convene the Conference of Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, questions have to be raised of the host nation, namely the South African Minister for Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa who will be welcoming delegates and hosting events at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. This is …

The ‘Theatre’ of Wildlife Decimation

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 14 Comments

In the war-like ‘theatre’ of organised wildlife crime, versus the authorities and anti-poaching units, where is the current ‘balance’ in this blood filled battle? Ultimately, where are we heading with regard to threatened species? Elephant Poaching Based on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and …

Commoditisation of Rhino Horn Trade ‘Self-Approved’ in South Africa

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 21 Comments

Update, 17 March 2016 – South Africa attempts to surreptitiously ‘legalise’ rhino horn harvesting – South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa “pre-empts” recommendations of on-going ‘Committee of Inquiry’ with Department of Environmental Affairs budget documents stating that “South Africa will submit its rhino horn trade proposal at CITES COP 17.” “Last May, a group …