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THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE IS NOW THE
FOURTH LARGEST TRANS-
DRUGS, ARMS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ONE KILOGRAM OF RHINO HORNS
NOW MORE VALUABLE THAN
GOLD, COCAINE, HEROINE & DIAMONDS
MORE THAN 1200 RANGERS
KILLED ON THE FRONT LINES
IN THE LAST DECADE
DIFFERENCE, BUT PLEASE DO SOMETHING
We need to maintain the pressure on our parliamentary officials to do more to tackle wildlife crimes. Writing to your local MP or MEP is an effective way to raise the profile of the rhino poaching crisis and petition for more punitive legislation and strengthening of law enforcement.
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Dear [Recipient’s Name],
I am writing to you today to express my concern about the terrible toll the illegal wildlife trade is having on Africa’s rhinos. We urgently need your support in parliament to draw attention to the escalating poaching crisis which has been intensifying each year since 2008.
Africa is in the midst of a wildlife genocide and many of the continents iconic and ecologically important species are facing extinction due to poaching. Rhinos are being slaughtered across Africa to satisfy demands from Asian markets where their horns are used as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicines or made into carvings and trinkets. Today, just one kilogram of rhino horn is worth more than gold, diamonds, heroin and cocaine on the black market.
At the epicentre of the poaching crisis is South Africa which, until 2008 had achieved unprecedented levels of success in protecting and conserving the countries rhinos. Since 2008 however, South Africa has experienced record levels of poaching. Mortalities have increased year on year from just 13 in 2007 to 1215 last year and already predictions for 2015 suggest this will be the worst year since records began. These official statistics provided by the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEA) do not include unborn calves, rhinos found with intact horns or poaching survivors. It is estimated the true number of mortalities is 25-
Very little international action is being taken to stop the slaughter of thousands of rhinos each year. The illicit trade in wildlife is now the fourth largest trans-
Urgent, effective action is needed from the international community to help protect this iconic, key, endangered species. Time is running out for Africa’s two species of rhinos. An estimated 18,000 white and 4,000 black rhinos can now be found in the wild across Africa. The western black rhino sub-
I urge you to increase awareness of this atrocity. To petition for the UK government to adopt a robust and effective national plan to tackle wildlife crime, adopt more punitive legislation by strengthening the ability to prosecute those caught and sanction harsher penalties.