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Ivory Trade In our own backyards

Mention wildlife crime and poaching, and the topic generally turns to China, Vietnam and the Asian communities. Their high demand for wildlife in medicinal and mythical remedies seems to be the root of the evil.

Yet while quick to focus on the Eastern part of the globe, we’re missing what’s closer to home. The US is the second largest ivory market in the world. In 2011 a TON of ivory was seized in a single raid in New York alone.

illegal ivory trade in US

by: IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

 

The Fish and Wildlife Service has about 200 agents across the U.S., and just one  ivory or rhino horn investigation can occupy up to 30 agents and take 18 months. Severely understaffed and in many cases lacking training, the current laws aren’t enforceable. It is estimated for every crate or shipment that is confiscated, at least ten get through.

There is hope with the current trend, as state by state the US is banding together to crack down on selling and possession of ivory and horn. Presently there are 2 states with laws passed, and fourteen states with legislation introduced. But increased funding for staffing at the ports is necessary to carry out these laws.

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Prince William urges EU to take a stronger stance on wildlife laws. Photo: Getty

Europe is also highly culpable. As the worlds biggest exporter of so-called “old” ivory, recent figures indicate the trade is not only alive in  Europe, but growing.  It is estimated there are 25,000 wildlife products dealt in the EU every year.

In 2013 a two-week  Interpol investigation revealed hundreds of ivory items for sale in European countries, conservatively valued at approximately EUR 1,450,000. The internet is a major source for the easy access.

INTERPOL is working closely with international enforcement agencies on shutting down the viral access to wildlife. During an online investigation, they discovered  more than 660 advertisements for ivory on 61 different auction sites, estimated to have a total volume of approximately 4,500 kilograms of ivory. The Project Web report calls for specific e-commerce legislation regulating wildlife trade to be introduced in the EU.

Current laws in all countries need immediate examination, loopholes must be closed and ALL ivory must be banned. Only with global unity can we stop the decimation of our elephants and rhinos, and slow the escalation of wildlife trafficking for other species.

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by: Matt Davies

 

 

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Will Celebs Make a Difference for Rhinos and Elephants?

With the virtual genocide of elephants and rhinos, more celebrities are speaking out. Will their clout help turn the tides? As we approach the international march for global awareness (Oct 4), we take a moment to thank all the celebs who are speaking out!

Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin puts her acting on the back burner to save elephants.

 

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

 

 

 

 

 

Richard’s message on saving the rhino

 

Paul Mccartney

Paul McCartney

 

 

 

 

 

Paul’s guitar is auctioned off to save elephants

 

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia urges the boycott of circuses to stop elephant abuse

 

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Bear Grylls

 

 

 

 

 

Bear is an advocate for Helping Rhinos/Fight for Rhinos

 

Jacki Chan

Jacki Chan

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie’s PSA on saving rhinos

 

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

 

 

 

Ian’s foundation helps all wildlife, including rhinos and elephants.

 

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley

 

 

 

 

Christie creates awareness by speaking out against rhino and elephant poaching.

 

 

Prince William

Prince William

 

 

 

 

 

Will advocates for rhinos.

 

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea is working to save the elephants

 

Yao Ming

Yao Ming

 

 

 

 

 

Yao is a spokesman in China for saving the rhino and elephants

 

David Beckham

David Beckham

 

 

 

 

 

David teamed up with Yao Ming and Prince William in a PSA to save rhino and elephants.

 

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

 

 

 

 

 

Meryl helped urge New Jersey to pass the ban on ivory

 

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky is a supporter of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio

 

 

 

 

 

Leo is a busy man, speaking up for rhinos, elephants, climate change AND making 2 movies about poaching.

 

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Billy Joel

 

 

 

 

 

Billy supports the NY ivory ban.

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When the Buying Stops…

 

The Killing Will Too!!!

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Game Changing Day or Just a Lot of Talk?

When it comes to the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Thursday February 13th 2014 will either go down in history or will simply be forgotten in time – but which will it be?

iwt-delegates-webIt was this day in February that many of the world’s leaders and their representatives gathered in London to discuss and agree a way forward in tackling the growing crisis that is the trade in illegal wildlife.  Hosted by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and attended by HRH the Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry,   46 different countries were represented at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, including many Heads of State, and the outcome was the signing of the ‘London Declaration’ – and comprehensive action plan that, if achieved, has a very real chance of significantly reducing a trade that is threatening a large number of species with extinction.

But why was such a gathering even needed?  The illegal wildlife crime is now the 4th largest illicit trade in the world, behind only the illegal trade in drugs, arms and human trafficking. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth between $10 billion and $20 billion per year.

But why should we care? The trade is threatening a large number of species with extinction, and while the conference itself focused on species of  rhino, elephant and tiger, the outcome will support all species impacted by the trade.  But it is not only this very real threat to some of our most loved wildlife.  The trade is also known to fund a number of of different terrorist groups, and with the penalties associated with the trade in illegal wildlife much less than those associated with drugs, arms and human trafficking, many criminal networks have turned their focus on the wildlife trade.

There is also a human impact resulting from the trade in illegal wildlife.  Currently an average of 2 rangers lose their lives every week while simply doing their job of trying to protect our wildlife. That is 2 families every single week that lose a husband and father, and very often lose the only member of the family bringing in a wage to help feed them and keep a roof over their heads.  The consequences are devastating!

iwt-conference-webThis gathering in London of some of the most influential people in the world is of vital importance on so many different levels.  The ‘London Declaration’ is a strongly worded action plan and focuses on the following key areas:

  • Eradicating the market for illegal wildlife products
  • Ensuring Effective Legal Frameworks and Deterrents
  • Strengthening law enforcement
  • Sustainable livelihoods and economic development

You can read the full declaration by clicking here.

 

iwt-reception-banner-web-smallAt Helping Rhinos, we are delighted to have been invited to the reception event  for the conference, held at London’s Natural History Museum, and to have had the opportunity to talk to many of the conference delegates about the importance of not just the creation of the London Declaration, but also the importance of ownership and accountability in the delivery of the actions.

So will Thursday February 13th 2014 be a game changing day or just a lot of words?  Only time will tell, but the signs are good and our feeling is that we will look back on this day and reflect how it did help to stop a trade threatening the survival of so many species.

To contribute to Helping Rhinos and Fight for Rhinos, please go to the Paypal link on the left. Your support is needed more than ever.

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Darkest Before the Dawn

It is all too easy to get lost in frustration and despair in the war for rhinos. Each life means so much, and each death weighs heavy in the heart, BUT each victory is just as significant.

My gift to all of you this holiday season: HOPE.

mama and little one rhinoThere is reason to believe we can bring the rhino back from the threat of extinction. We can stabilize the population, control the poaching.

#1-Thanks to programs that transform poachers to rangers like what  AfricanParks  has done in the Congo,  minds are changing. (see: Second Chances: Success in the Congo)

#2-Community incentives that give people a reason to be invested in their own wildlife and rewarded for that investment, like in Zimbabwe (see: Zimbabwe Leads the Way)

#3-Zoos have a new role in conservation, through in-depth scientific analysis (of rhino dung) they have learned more successful methods of breeding rhinos including use of artificial insemination. (see: Rhino Dung Research)

#4-There is a plethora of technology being integrated into the war on poaching (drones, microchips, poison injections into the horn,etc.)

#5-Awareness is spreading! The elephant poaching billboard in times square was a huge endeavor (see: The Elephant in Times Square). Ad campaigns in China and Vietnam, and education in Africa are helping. There has also been increased celebrity involvement (Leonardo Dicaprio, Prince William, Yao Ming,  Jackie Chan,etc. )

#6-The US is increasing involvement in wildlife trafficking with President Obama taking a stand, pledging funds to anti-poaching efforts in Africa and creating the anti-poaching Task Force.

#7-There is now military involvement in Kenya from the British paratroopers, helping to train rangers. (see: British Paratroopers Train..)

#8-South Africa has stepped up military involvement in the parks. (see: War on Poachers Intensifies)

#9-All of the people on the ground who work tirelessly from the rangers at the parks working to protect the rhino,  to the the Rhino Orphanage and other groups who rehabilitate the orphans after a poaching,  to the veterinary staff and the behind the scenes organizations who work to fund all of it.

WHITE RHINOS
With numbers as low as 50 left in the wild in the early 1900s, the southern white rhino has now increased to over 20,000 and has become the most populous of all the rhino species.

BLACK RHINOS
Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,300 in 1993. Thanks to the persistent efforts of conservation programs across Africa black rhino numbers have risen since the early 1990s to a current population of 5,055.

We CAN do this.

Dr William Fowlds, DVM in South Africa is seeing a difference.

The international momentum against wildlife trafficking is starting to rattle some sabers. I can’t say the same for our corrupt systems and poor political competence. However, there is a groundswell of positives even in SA and we have to simply keep going. If we put ourselves on the line, we will turn this tragedy around.”

So please don’t give up! Fight for them!
You can join the fight and help greatly by donating to Fight for Rhinos.

RhinoLargeDONATE  $20 usd in someone’s name for the holidays and we will send them a certificate congratulating them for their contribution to the survival of the rhinos.

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.  ~Lin Yutang

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Prince William: Poaching Gets Attention from the Royals

Prince William has been throwing his royal weight behind endangered species. He’s pleading with the public to put an end to illegal trade. He has warned that his generation will be the first to regard elephants, rhinos and tigers as “historical creatures in the same category as the dodo”.

Taking part in The End WIldlife Crime Conference, which consisted of conservationists and politicians, he emphasized to the group the seriousness of international illegal trade. They discussed ways to tackle smuggling, and worked to generate ideas to be discussed at a future meeting this autumn.  The autumn meeting will be attended by heads of state from across the world.

Grant Miller, of the UK Border Force, said that in the past year more than 675 items had been seized, including a Rolls Royce with alligator skin upholstery, 1.6 tonnes of tortoise jelly, books bound in elephant hide, phials of bear bile used in traditional medicines, a bottle of whiskey containing a whole snake and numerous rhino horns concealed in china dolls  and a live Geoffroy’s Cat.

Prince WIlliam is the royal patron of the wildlife charity, The Tusk Trust. He , just as his father, seems invested in the future of the world’s wildlife. Will his influence be able to help save the rhinos, tigers and elephants to share with his son?

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Prince William feeds a five-year-old black rhino called Zawadi during a visit to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kentearlier He has called people involved in the illegal trade of rhino horn ‘extremely ignorant, selfish and utterly wrong.

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