The following petition is addressed to the South African Environmental Affairs Minister, to urge South Africa to say NO to legalising rhino horn sales.
Stand Up For South African Rhino
According to Network for Animals:
“The South African government is moving to legalise the selling of rhino horn, at a time when poaching is out of control and rhinos face extinction in the wild.
Almost 15% of the rhinos in South Africa have been slaughtered since 2010, 1116 in 2014 alone. Often the poachers hack off the rhino horn while the animal is still alive, then leave the animal to die in agony.
Legalising the trade in rhino horn will allow the South African government to sell 22 tons of rhino horn that it has in storage (roughly 25 000 dead rhinos).
The illegal trade will boom because it will become easy for a criminal to pass off a poached rhino horn as legal”.