Black Rhino Officially Extinct

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http://www.11alive.com/news/article/312002/40/Western-black-rhino-officially-declared-extinct

LONDON (CNN) — Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network.

The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006.

The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation.

“In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement.

“These measures must be strengthened now, specifically managing habitats in order to improve performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction,” Stuart added.

The IUCN points to conservation efforts which have paid off for the southern white rhino subspecies which have seen populations rise from less than 100 at the end of the 19th century to an estimated wild population of 20,000 today.

Another success can be seen with the Przewalski’s Horse which was listed as “extinct in the wild” in 1996 but now, thanks to a captive breeding program, has an estimated population of 300.

The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reviews more than 60,000 species, concluding that 25% of mammals on the list are at risk of extinction.

Many plants are also under threat, say the IUCN.

Populations of Chinese fir, a conifer which was once widespread throughout China and Vietnam, is being threatened by the expansion of intensive agriculture according to the IUCN.

A type of yew tree (taxus contorta) found in Asia which is used to produce Taxol (a chemotherapy drug) has been reclassified from “vulnerable” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List, as has the Coco de Mer — a palm tree found in the Seychelles islands — which is at risk from fires and illegal harvesting of its kernels.

Recent studies of 79 tropical plants in the Indian Ocean archipelago revealed that more than three quarters of them were at risk of extinction.

In the oceans, the IUCN reports that five out of eight tuna species are now “threatened” or “near threatened,” while 26 recently-discovered amphibians have been added to the Red List including the “blessed poison frog” (classified as vulnerable) while the “summers’ poison frog” is endangered.

“This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world,” Jane Smart, director of IUCN’s global species program said in a statement.

“We have the knowledge that conservation works if executed in a timely manner, yet, without strong political will in combination with targeted efforts and resources, the wonders of nature and the services it provides can be lost forever.”

US Government Approves Dallas Safari Club’s Rhino Import Permit for Trophy Hunter Corey Knowlton — Petition

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US Government approves Dallas club’s rhino import permit

DALLAS (AP) — The US government will allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros should he kill one in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that importing a carcass from Namibia meets criteria under the Endangered Species Act of benefiting conservation.

Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 last year in a Dallas Safari Club auction billed as a fundraising effort to save the black rhino.

In a letter to the agency in December, the club’s executive director, Ben Carter, said the money raised from such auctions is “critical to supporting the Namibian government in their efforts to stem the tide of commercial killing of these animals.”

Since publishing the initial request in November, the US Fish and Wildlife Service received more than 15,000 comments, as well as petitions with about 152,000 signatures demanding that it be denied. PETA said Thursday that it will file a lawsuit.

The hunt was postponed and Knowlton’s money kept in escrow while the agency deliberated over the permit application.

Dallas Safari Club spokeswoman Jay Ann Cox could not immediately confirm Thursday whether a date has been set for the hunt.

The agency also is allowing Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager, to import his black rhino trophy. Namibia directly sold him a hunting permit.

Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said last year he hired full-time security because he’d received death threats once his name became public knowledge.

Full story at http://fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article/1/9432/Breaking-News/US-government-approves-Dallas-clubs-rhino-import-permit-.aspx

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/804/950/521/?cid=FB_TAF

The federal government in the US has confirmed that permission has been granted to Trophy hunter Corey Knowlton

Once again we are shown proof that money is power in the United States of America, with permission being granted to Trophy hunter Corey Knowlton to import the trophy of critically endangered black Rhino from Namibia for which he paid 350,000 dollars. This must be stopped before precedent is made and all wealthy people become entitled to be above international law.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/804/950/521/?cid=FB_TAF

I Swear Because I Care so Much

Cut the crap about a harmless little F-word, there’s animals fucking dying out there.

Yesterday I posted a picture someone put together of multiple murderers and their “trophy” giraffe kills. I’d thought about titling the post, “Who the Hell Hunts10557040_1609109249312078_7951148989311848842_o Giraffes for Sport and How You Can Stop Them?” But the issue made me so angry that I went with my gut reaction and titled it, “Who the Fuck Hunts Giraffes for Sport and How You Can Stop Them?” But, for that I’ve been chastised across the social media by certain readers.

Apologies to anyone reading this that’s a young kid or in some other way sheltered enough to think a word is somehow more offensive than a photo of dozens of dead giraffes and the fuckers who shot them down. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t normally go around spewing obscenities, but when some asshole is out murdering animals as harmless and miraculous as a giraffe I start to get a bit pissed off. You could say my tact goes out the fuckin’ window.

Forgive me if I can’t stay civil when addressing some shithead serial-killer-sport-hunter who wants to add a lion, rhino or giraffe to his trophy collection.

Instead of being so sensitive to swear words, perhaps some of you should save your comments for the real criminals—the murdering mother-fuckers who kill sentient beings for sport.

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Rhinoceros in SA need your help before their extinction
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Safari Club–Center of Rhino Hunting Controversy–To Auction Off More Rare Animal Hunts

http://theirturn.net/rare-animal-hunt-auction/

The 6,000 member Dallas Safari Club will auction off rare animals hunts this weekend during the banquet at its annual convention, which is a “showcase of hunting, sporting and outdoor adventure,” according to the Club’s website. During the auction, “bidders of any age or gender” will have the chance to bid on “amazing items,” including “youth hunts in New Zealand and Texas, a challenging Mid-Asian ibex hunt in Russia, and a bongo hunt in Cameroon.”

One of dozens of animal hunts at Dallas Safari Club Auction

The 2014 convention made international headlines when one attendee, Corey Knowlton, paid $350,000 to shoot an endangered black rhino in Namibia. Mr. Knowlton, who has purportedly received death threats, tells critics that he is motivated by “conservation.” Specifically, he claims that his substantial contribution will be allocated to rhino conservation efforts and that killing the rhino in question would actually benefit other rhinos in the area who he has been attacking.

But, if conservation is really Mr. Knowlton’s motivation, then why doesn’t he allocate a small part of his winning bid to relocate him?  And, if he’s concerned that the menacing rhino is harming the others, then why hasn’t he  shot him down hasn’t he done it in the 12 months since he won the bid?  Could it be because the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has not yet issued a permit to import the rhino’s body and that Mr. Knowlton has no intention of returning from Africa without his “trophy.”

In an interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell on JaneUnchained.com, Christopher Gervais, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival & Biodiversity Conference, says that killing animals is not the way to preserve them: “You do not hunt a vulnerable species in the name of conservation. Other organizations are conserving without hunting and killing.” Conservation funds. he says, can be raised through photography safaris during which animals are shot with cameras instead of guns.

Shooting rhinos with cameras

Your Turn

Please sign the petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to deny a permit that would allow 2014 Dallas Safari Club auction winner Corey Knowlton to import a black rhinoceros trophy from Namibia.

More Poachers Shot Dead

Yet another Rhino bludgeoned for fake medicine.
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<p>Poachers are asked to refrain breaching the parks borders and cease poaching now. International Animal Rescue Foundation India and Africa are actively supporting forest guards in the region. This support is not for public disclosure for security reasons. Why risk you're life for an animal part that doesn't hold any medicinal properties at all?

More poachers shot dead;

Two poachers were killed in an encounter with forest guards in the Bagori Range area of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park on Thursday.

According to officials, five to six poachers had entered the park in order to carry out rhino poaching. Except the two who were killed, all others escaped during the encounter. On Wednesday, a female Rhino was killed by poachers at the park located in Assam’s Sonitpur district. An Assam Home Guard, part of the force that guards rhinos at National Parks, was also killed by the poachers.

Poachers have killed and de-horned nearly 200 rhinos in Assam over the past 13 years; in 2014, 20 rhinos were killed. A few years ago, the Assam government set up a special task force to guard rhinos. Last year, there was a proposal to use drones for surveillance at the Kaziranga National Park, but nothing has been done yet in this regard.

In 2014 , the Assam forest department killed 22 poachers in the state. Assam is home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos, an endangered species.

Picture – One of two Rhino poachers this year captured by forest guards.

2014 Has Already Set A Record For Rhino Poaching

https://www.thedodo.com/rhino-poaching-south-africa-831606895.html

By Melissa Cronin

Texas hunting club may cancel endangered rhino hunt

“I’m a hunter,” Knowlton told WFAA. “I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-hunting-club-may-cancel-endangered-rhino-hunt/

DALLAS – A Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa said it will cancel the hunt if a federal agency denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.

Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 at a January auction that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the endangered species. Last spring, he applied for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would enable him to import the rhino’s body following the hunt in Namibia. But he’s still waiting to hear back.

The agency is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the rise in poaching, said spokesman Gavin Shire.

If the permit is denied, the safari club plans to refund Knowlton’s money that was pledged to a rhino conservation fund in the southwestern African country.

“Most people that have an animal mounted, it’s their memory of their experience,” said Ben Carter, the safari club’s executive director. “It’s not always, ‘Look at what I’ve shot.’ When they look at it, they remember everything. That’s what he bid the money on, that opportunity.”

The wildlife agency began taking public comment on the permit application this month and has already heard from many of the groups that fervently opposed the auction.

The safari club has defended the planned hunt, noting that auction proceeds would go to a trust fund administered by the Namibian government to help boost the black rhino population.

The wildlife service expects to make a decision after the public comment period ends Dec. 8, taking into account the state of the herd in Namibia, where 1,800 of the world’s 4,880 black rhinos live. The agency also is examining exactly how the auction funds would be administered.

Last year, the service granted a permit to import a sport-hunted black rhino taken in Namibia in 2009, but increased poaching since then may impact whether any more are approved, said Shire.

Each year, the Namibian government issues five black rhino hunting permits that fund efforts to protect the species. The program includes habitat improvement, hiring game scouts to monitor the rhinos, and removing the animals’ horns to reduce their appeal to poachers.

“The aim is to re-invest these financial resources back to conservation, protected area management and rural community development,” said Kenneth Uiseb, Namibia’s director of wildlife monitoring and research.

But opponents of the auction say the programs are not worthwhile if they entail the killing of any endangered animal.

“Kill it to save it is not only cruel, it’s not conservation,” said Jeff Flocken, the North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “If black rhinos and other dwindling species are to have a future, people must be encouraged to value animals for their inherent worth alive, not their price tag when they are dead.”

The safari club has said the hunt will involve one of five black rhinos selected by a committee and approved by the Namibian government. The five are to be older males that can’t reproduce.

Namibia sold another hunting permit for $200,000 directly to Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager who is also seeking a permit to bring the trophy into the U.S., according to Shire.

But Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said in January he hired full-time security because he received death threats after his name was leaked on the Internet.

Knowlton lives in Royse City, about 30 miles from Dallas, and leads international hunting trips for a Virginia-based company, The Hunting Consortium. He has killed more than 120 species, including the so-called big five in Africa – a lion, a leopard, an elephant, a Cape buffalo and a rhinoceros, according to the company’s website.

He did not return messages left by The Associated Press for this story, but told Dallas television station WFAA in January that he believed the hunt would be managed well.

“I’m a hunter,” Knowlton told WFAA. “I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino.”

Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia & SA.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Director_Robert_G_Dreher_USFWS_Ban_Endangered_African_Animal_Trophy_Imports_From_Namibia/?pv=29

Imports From Namibia & SA.

Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS.<br />
: Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia & SA.
100,000
20,130

20,130 signers. Let’s reach 100,000

Why this is important to me

STOP COREY KNOWLTON. HE HAS BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION FROM NAMIBIA (MET) AND THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND ; Chris Weaver SA /Namibia (WWF)’S TROPHY HUNTING PROJECTS and ICUN: Mike Knight’s HUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS / The Lead Professional working with the Namibia Black Rhino Conservation

THE USA ; FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) DECISION IS NOW PENDING, TO IMPORT THE BLACK RHINO.

THERE ARE between 1,700 /50 LEFT IN NAMIBIA, THE HUNT IS IMMINENT IF WE DONT BLOCK THE TROPHY IMPORTS!!! . YOU SEE NO IMPORT LICENCES INTO THE USA GRANTED , NO HUNTING PERMITS ISSUED !!!

The USFWS Hunting Permit Applications have been announced for 2 Black Rhinos , for 2 Americans including CK , to import BR trophies into the USA. This petition needs a lot of support to make a difference, ideally we need to reach close to a 100,000 signatures before the end of the month, TO TELL USFWS THAT WE OBJECT TO CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ANIMALS TROPHY IMPORTS INTO THE USA FROM AFRICA , can you make this happen ? CAN WE REACH THIS GOAL ?

‘The Namibia wildlife is at risk of going extinct because the animal populations are very low and vulnerable because the WWF are ‘cooking the books’ to allow Trophy Hunting to continue from the most fragile wildlife populations on earth, in Namibia.

The WWF should be protecting the animals , however, they are openly lying about populations to keep a Trophy Hunting stance as they control funding streams from USAID; to ALL the African countries from the USA Congress , who is lobbied by the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups to maintain Trophy Hunting, from almost extinct animals .

The African people are powerless to stop their wildlife being massacred into extinction.

We urge the USFWS to consider their decision and listen to the world instead of the voice of a few and protect Africa through your laws and policies .

Save the last of the Black Rhinos and the Desert Elephants from American Trophies Hunter’s Greed and Vanity . We need the animals alive in healthy in family groups, or we will loose them forever’

COREY KNOWLTON’S Dallas Safari Club AUCTION PURCHASE

THE BLACK RHNIO , Between 1,700/50 IN NAMIBIA, TAG WAS BOUGHT IN JANUARY 2014, SINCE THEN IT HAS CAUSED A GLOBAL OUTCRY. THE WORLD IS HORRIFIED !! THE DEAL WAS DONE AT DALLAS SAFARI CLUB

COREY KNOWLTON, HAS MASSACRED 120 RARE ANIMALS IN THE WORLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS , AND HE PAID $350.000 FOR THE RIGHTS TO KILL A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BLACK RHINO, ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION.

COREY KNOWLTON IS KILLING A BLACK RHINO FOR A HUNTING TV CHANNEL IN AMERICA, FOR ENTERTAINMENT !! WE THINK THIS IS IMMORAL, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE POACHERS ARE SLAUGHTERING THEM TOO !!! !!! !!!

Ten Hunting permits to kill BR’s are issued every year for Trophies from Namibia and South Africa because of ‘ICUN: Mike Knight’s HUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS / The Lead Professional working with the Namibia Black Rhino Conservation / Hunting Projects is getting funding from the WWF’s International Charity Funding Purse and he is also working with Corey Knowlton’s purchase .


Even though the Black Rhino Species is under attack from poachers and going extinct and classed as Critically Endangered, CITIES have allowed TEN animals to be massacred for Trophies every year because of the WWF and ICUN: Mike Knight’s corruption . We want to challenge this rule and over turn it so that the Black Rhinos are protected , by blocking USA Trophy Imports .
When the Namibian Government issued 5 permits a year for Trophy Hunting, they believed themselves invincible to Rhino Poaching. Now poaching has started and many Rhinos have already been killed this year in Namibia and the BR population is rapidly declining . http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3713688.stm

There are less than 1,700/50 Black Rhinos left in Namibia’. In the 1970’s there were 65, 000 in Africa , now there are 4/5, 000 Black Rhinos in the world. In Namibia there are now less than 1,000 Black Rhinos in protected areas an estimated 700/50 which, are Free Range. So once the poachers start seriously targeting Namibia (it has already started) , at the rate of the South African incidents, they will wipe out the total Namibian population of Black Rhinos in less than two years. NOT ONE MORE CAN BE AFFORDED TO BE HUNTED!


No one can see the benefit of more critically endangered animals being killed, and WWF and DSC have been so successful fabricating lies they have ensured TEN Critically Endangered Black Rhino Animal Trophies every year, are officially killed and this has been granted by CITIES, based on no factual evidence from the actual African people who this affects directly:

Resolution Conf. 13.5 (Rev. CoP14)
Establishment of export quotas for black rhinoceros hunting trophies
“THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION
APPROVES
“the establishment of an annual export quota of five hunting trophies of adult male black rhinoceros from South Africa and five from Namibia:
AGREES that hunting trophies of the black rhinoceros are defined as the horns or any other durable part of the body, mounted or loose and that all parts to be exported should be individually marked with reference to the country of origin, species, quota number and year of export”: Please read more on the Link: “
http://www.cites.org/eng/res/13/13-05R14C15.php


PLEASE READ THE WORDS OF THE ACTUAL PEOPLE FIGHTING POACHERS AND TAKING BULLETS TO SAVE THEIR WILDLIFE :-
‘OPEN LETTER TO COREY KNOWLTON’: Founder, Walk With Rangers; Quote:

“In forty years of close association with black rhinoceros, I have NEVER known of a free ranging wild old male past his breeding period targeting, and killing, rhino females and calves but, rather, the odd fights have only, in my own experience, occurred amongst breeding competing males, as is common in other species.
In Africa old age is respected: by extension, it is un-African and basically unethical not to allow an old male that sired many calves a peaceful retirement, in the same way as breeding bulls in the cattle world are put out to pasture, not sent to the butcher, once they stop being productive.

Sir, I have struggled to understand why SCI and DSC continue to put prices on the heads of our wildlife. It is laughable that they even think they have any right. The wildlife of a nation remains the sovereign property of its people. Would this not mean then, sir, that privatizing such public property would, in fact, be a gross violation of the rights of the African people? I will let you ponder over that for a while. We are in the wake of a crisis that has gripped our region. Poachers have decimated our herds, and Africa is no longer teeming with wildlife. You kind sir, have been duped into believing that your hunt will aid conservation in Africa.
It will not. Aside from gaining Namibia huge disrepute, it will go against the very fibre of what we are trying so hard to achieve – the protection and true management of our last wild things. It is also imperative to note here that local African communities do not eat rhino meat.”
Read more : Twitter: @raabiahawa
http://africageographic.com/blog/kenyan-rangers-moving-letter-to-american-rhino-hunter/#sthash.scgQxpuT.dpuf
http://africageographic.com/blog/kenyan-rangers-moving-letter-to-american-rhino-hunter/

THE NAMIBIAN WILDLIFE IS UNDER THREAT FROM CORRUPTION !!

The natural world is under attack like never before the ecosystem and food chain is breaking down in Africa and the African Tribes and animals affected, need protection . This is NOT SUSTAINABLE HUNTING !!

PLEASE STOP THE USA TROPHY HUNTERS IN NAMIBIA FROM KILLING THE LAST OF THE DESERT ELEPHANTS. THERE ARE ONLY an estimated 70 BREEDING ADULTS LEFT , LESS THAN 10 BREEDING MALES , OF THE VERY UNIQUE DESERT ADAPTED ELEPHANTS , THEIR NUMBERS ARE ON THE DECLINE , AND THEY ARE DOWN TO ‘EXTINCTION STATUS’ AGAIN, THEIR EXISTENCE IS THREATENED THEY ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION .

Please watch the Youtube link : ‘ Elephants in the Namibian desert – Wild Africa – BBC 2009 ‘; this is independent evidence stating that there are ‘100 or so Desert Dwelling Elephants; being supported by the Desert ” . The Namibia Ministry has just announced there are 20,000 backed by WWF . The relentless massacring is destroying the African Ecosystem and the Tribal People’s Food Chain. ; this is being done by the Media Invisible Wealthiest White People, and the most Powerful People in the world !!!!

WWF and the Namibian Government are claiming that the Unique Adapted Desert Dwelling Elephants do not exist, and there are 750 of them in the Namib Desert, which, is incorrect. Please read the following:

‘ Namibia Refuses to Cancel Desert Elephant Hunt After Protests’
Quote: “The elephants, which live in the Kunene region, are one of only two groups adapted to desert existence with the other being in Mali. They numbered about 750 in 2012, according to the WWF, an environmental group.”
http://www.noanimalpoaching.org/animal-poaching-news-2014/namibia-refuses-to-cancel-desert-elephant-hunt-after-protests

THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE ARE MASSACRING ALONGSIDE THE POACHERS ! They are wiping out the last of the African animals unchallenged for hundreds of thousands of Dollars each, paying for Unsustainable Hunting in under -developed countries where populations of animals are being exaggerated by the WWF who are informing CITIES and USFWS, as they keep the doors open for Trophy Hunting to continue from almost extinct populations of animals , that , are being wiped out by poachers .

The truth is known and been written over 10years ago by a British MP and this evidence has been disregarded and the USFWS have continued to import Trophies and trade with corruption sending African wildlife in to total extinction…

THIS DELIBERATE EXTINCTION HAPPENING TO THE AFRICA WILDLIFE DONE BY THE USA CITIZENS IS OUTRAGEOUS !!

‘The Myth of Trophy Hunting as Conservation. A League Against Cruel Sports submission to Environment Minister, Elliott Morley MP
December 2004’
Quote: –
“A smokescreen for corruption and poaching

“With their financial and political might of the USA, this formidably powerful clique of hunters is shamelessly promoting hunting as a form of conservation. Many poor governments are easily won over because it offers such easy money – the bulk of which goes straight into their pockets. “

http://www.saveafricananimals.org/attachments/article/136/The_%20Myth_of_Trophy_Hunting_as_Conservation.pdf

This exploiting of the African countries; is directly affecting the poorest people in the world, who are victim to it ; as their animals are being massacred off this planet into extinction forever in one generation ; for ornaments, for TV Hunting Channels Entertainment and Mono-Culture Agriculture , which means 400,000 acres plus lands of one crop in a plantation . Which , means land is being Grabbed by USA Corporations for Food Globalisation, Food production .

No people and no wildlife can be tolerated on the plantations , so the land Giants are being massacred into extinction in the wild to allow this bio-diversity backed 100% by WWF , so that African Animals will only exist in Canned Hunting parks and farms in a small number in the future .

THE UNIQUE ADAPTED DESERT DWELLING ELEPHANTS ARE NOT LARGE ENOUGH IN THIER POPULATION TO CULL !!

35,000 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS WERE MASSACRED BY POACHERS LAST YEAR ALONE. THE ANIMALS ARE GOING EXTINCT ; MORE THAN THE WHOLE DESERT POPULATION OF ELEPHANTS ARE KILLED EVERY DAY, IN AFRICA.
Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS
Please Ban Imports from Namibia into the USA of ALL Critically Endangered African Animals IMMEDIATELY !

The Desert Elephants population in 20 years has risen from 52 members to less than 100( they are rapidly declining) . Namibia’s Desert-Dwelling Elephants are one of only 2 populations of Elephants in Africa living in a desert environment (the other is in Mali).

The majority of the world population does not think massacring endangered animals is appropriate whilst , the poaching of the African Animals is out of control in Africa , and allowing imports of African Animals dead or alive by the USFWS shows a lack of respect and understanding for people who are actually risking their lives and struggling to keep these animals on this planet for longevity .

There were 5 MILLION Elephants in Africa 40 years ago , now there are between 300.000/ 600,000 Elephants , of which, 100 Elephants are killed everyday by poachers , 700 a week and so on . The whole of the equivalent population of the DESERT ELEPHANTS are being WIPED OUT IN A DAY !! in Africa by poachers , issuing permits to kill more, this is NOT SUSTAINABLE HUNTING !!!

Associate Director : Robert G. Dreher : USFWS , you appear to be disregarding the rules set down by CITIES. :- Email Letter received , after I contacted David Cameron , Prime Minister of the United Kingdom , early this year: Defra Government Department United Kingdom :- I Quote ; Kevin Woodhouse Defra – Customer Contact Unit “

LETTER FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT

“The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which the UK is a Party, applies to ensure that trade in listed species hunted for their trophies is only permitted if it is sustainable.

In view of concerns raised that the import of hunting trophies of some species from some countries are unsustainable, we have agreed in principle with other EU Member States that stricter measures should be introduced in relation to the importation of hunting trophies of rhinos, lions and some other species. This list will be further considered and kept under review.

We will continue working with other CITES Parties and relevant non-government organisations to ensure the long-term survival of this and other important species.
Yours sincerely
Kevin Woodhouse
Defra – Customer Contact Unit “

SUMMARY

I reiterate : ‘The Namibia wildlife is at risk of going extinct because the animal populations are very low and vulnerable because the WWF are ‘cooking the books’ to allow Trophy Hunting to continue from the most fragile wildlife populations on earth, in Namibia.

The WWF should be protecting the animals , however, they are openly lying about populations to keep a Trophy Hunting stance as they control funding streams from USAID; to ALL the African countries from the USA Congress , who is lobbied by the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups to maintain Trophy Hunting, from almost extinct animals .

The African people are powerless to stop their wildlife being massacred into extinction.

We urge the USFWS to consider their decision and listen to the world instead of the voice of a few and protect Africa through your laws and policies .

Save the last of the Black Rhinos and the Desert Elephants from American Trophies Hunter’s Greed and Vanity . We need the animals alive in healthy in family groups, or we will loose them forever’

U.S. charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/23/us-usa-alabama-rhino-idUSKCN0IC2NH20141023

(Reuters) – A South African company has been indicted in Alabama for selling illegal rhinoceros hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals’ horns, which sell on the black market at prices higher than gold, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The 18-count indictment charged Valinor Trading CC, which operated in the United States as Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, and company owners Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, with conspiracy, Lacey Act violations, mail fraud, money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements.

All species of rhinoceros are protected under U.S. and international laws, including the Lacey Act, which addresses illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This case should send a warning shot to outfitters and hunters that the sale of illegal hunts in the U.S. will be vigorously prosecuted regardless of where the hunt takes place,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Sam Hirsch said in the statement.

The whereabouts of the Groenewalds, and whether they have hired a lawyer, could not immediately be determined.

National Geographic magazine reported that Dawie Groenewald was arrested in 2010 in South Africa, along with 10 others and that a multi-count case has been under way for four years.

Both Groenewald brothers are South African nationals. Janneman Groenewald lived and operated out of Alabama’s Autauga County, where he maintained company bank accounts.

Nine American hunters paid up to $15,000 per animal for a total of 11 hunts sold at hunting conventions and gun shows in the United States between 2005 and 2010.

None of the hunters was charged because prosecutors said the hunters were tricked by the Groenewalds into believing they were shooting legally at “problem” rhinos. The Groenewalds obtained no hunting permits from the Republic of South Africa or local government, the indictment said.

The hunts took place at a ranch in Mussina, Limpopo Province, South Africa co-owned by the Groenewalds and American investors, according to the indictment.

After killing or capturing a rhino, the hunters posed for photos with the carcasses that appeared on company marketing brochures, the indictment said. Dawie Groenewald, who supervised the hunts, then cut off the horns with chainsaws and knives.

The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is being decimated by poachers who supply a demand for horns for decorative and supposed medicinal purposes, prosecutors said.

The investigation was part of ongoing Operation Crash, named for a term used to describe a rhino herd, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It has resulted in 26 arrests and 18 convictions, with prison terms as high as 70 months for illegal rhino hunting or trafficking in horns.

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Global March for Elephants, Rhinos & Lions – October 4, 2014

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Dear Friends,

Please excuse the heavy news, but this is too important not to share.

  • 100,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory tusks in the last 3 years.
  • Over 1,000 rhinos were killed for their horns last year.
  • Wild lion populations are in alarming decline due to “trophy” hunting and the lion bone trade.

We’re losing these animals. The good news is, you can help save them.

On October 4th, people in over 115 cities around the world will march with one voice to save these iconic endangered species.  

MARCH WITH US IN LOS ANGELES

We’ll gather at the La Brea Tar Pits Park in front of the Page Museum (5801 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036) at 11am and march down Wilshire Blvd to the South African Consulate.

Promote your group or business

We’re encouraging people to bring signs promoting their business or group. We know that ALL people want to save these endangered animals, and we want the media and the world to see that.

 

Bring the kids!

After the march we will return to the park for a festive, educational event. Experts acting as animal ambassadors will help people understand the crisis facing each animal and take action to save them. The program includes speakers (stay tuned for celebrity info!) and music by African drummers, the talented Kat Kramer, and the Agape International Children’s Choir.

Find us Facebook

Join the Los Angeles Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449025795334300/

NOT IN LOS ANGELES? #FINDYOURCITY

London, Rome, Johannesburg, Austin, Chicago, Nairobi, Mombasa, Arusha, Seattle, Kilimanjaro, New York, Toronto, Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans… The list of cities marching goes on and on. Visit the global website to find a full list, as well as a wealth of other information, such as strategy and objectives of the march, graphics and other media, march merchandise, and much more.

http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

HELP US RAISE MONEY

Organizing an event like this is expensive. We have to print flyers, posters, signs, banners, and educational materials. We have to rent sound equipment, tents and tables and chairs. Please donate if you can. Any help, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Donate here: https://www.youcaring.com/GMFERL-LA

SPREAD THE WORD

Please SHARE this email far and wide. Many people don’t know elephants, rhinos and lions face extinction. Even if they’re aware of the crisis, they don’t know they can take action to help save them.

We hope that you’ll march with us on October 4 to help prevent the extinction of these endangered species. On behalf of Earth’s threatened elephants, rhinos, and lions, thank you!

With love for the animals,

Susan

Susan Campisi, Co-organizer

Global March For Elephants, Rhinos & Lions – Los Angeles

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global website: http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org/

LA website: http://www.saveourwildlife.org

LA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449025795334300/

email: march.for.elephants.rhinos.LA@gmail.com