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MessageSujet: poaching   Ven 26 Avr - 13:14

april 25 2013

Airport joins Anti-poaching

Abram MashegoSecure airports are crucial to winning the fight against rhino poaching and the illicit trade of wildlife throughout the world.In a bid to intensify the fight against the illegal trade, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), together with Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Lanseria International Airport, have launched a campaign aimed at combating illegal wildlife trafficking.Passengers arriving and departing from Lanseria will be asked to think twice about wildlife souvenirs as they are confronted with a rigorous advertising campaign aimed at dissuading them from purchasing such products.Ifaw SA director Jason Bell said it was worrisome that every year millions of wild animals and rare flora were killed or poached to become trinkets and souvenirs. "It is a particular problem in Africa where up to 50000 elephants a year are killed for their ivory – and in South Africa where the poaching of rhino for their horns could literally wipe out the entire species within a few years," he said.Bell said the campaign, named Think Twice, would coax travellers not to buy souvenirs made from animal parts, many of which, he said, were illegal and came from endangered species."The mantra to remember when buying souvenirs should be 'if we don't buy, they don't die'," Bell said.Adam Pires, manager of EWT's skills development unit, said: "Raising awareness is a crucial step in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade as we are losing our precious biodiversity at an alarming rate."Pires said the advent of new technologies meant that conservation organisations had to escalate their activities around awareness-building and therefore the Think Twice campaign was a crucial part of the EWT's strategy to bring an end to the insidious trade."We hope that consumers wake up to the fact that the power to save our wildlife heritage does in fact lie in their hands and that this campaign spurs them into making much wiser purchasing decisions in the future," he said.Lanseria manager Gavin Sayce said the airport was committed to helping end the illegal trade in endangered
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MessageSujet: Re: poaching   Ven 10 Mai - 12:29

may 9th 2013

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President of Kenya: Please Declare Poaching a National Disaster

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Kenya is on the brink of losing a significant source of its economic lifeline and national heritage and we desperately need your help and continued support if we are to avert it.

It is no secret that Kenya relies heavily on wildlife tourism for economic prosperity; and just as the Egyptians have the pyramids, our national heritage is our wildlife. Besides generating the biggest segment of the annual turnover of Ksh98 billion we get from tourism, wildlife-based tourism is so linked to our economic growth that together with beach tourism, it was identified as one of the six priority sectors in Kenya Vision 2030, the country’s blue-print for long-term development. Further, most tourists come to Kenya with hopes of spotting the “Big 5” –Lion, buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant.

Unfortunately, we stand to lose this National Heritage if we do not stop, once and for all, the unprecedented, senseless and wanton killing of wild animals –and particularly elephants and rhinos that are targeted for ivory and horn, respectively.

It is now official that we lost as many as 384 elephants last year and 19 the few remaining rhinos. Sadly, the actual numbers of deaths are probably higher as many of the killings go unreported. While poaching is in it-self a brutal crime, it also has far reaching effects on the environment and the economy. If 2 of the Big-5 become extinct, the country’s tourism industry will be severely affected and as a result, jobs for the tens of thousands of Kenyans will be no more. This in turn will have a seriously negative impact on Kenya’s economic growth.

Clearly the time has come where we all need to act decisively, swiftly and consistently to put a halt to this. We need to do this now (and not any other time) because the alternative – a world without our national heritage - does not even bear thinking.

President of Kenya
I am proud to be a member of Kenyans United Against Poaching (KUAPO) and wholeheartedly support the call on the President of Kenya to DECLARE POACHING A NATIONAL DISASTER
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MessageSujet: Re: poaching   Ven 10 Mai - 12:42

may 4th 2013

Over the past 34 years the African Elephant population has declined to heartbreakingly low figures, primarily due to the ivory trade. There are said to be around 470,000 African Elephants left in the wild, a painfully sharp contrast to the 1,300,000 which roamed the wilderness in 1979.

In 1989, a worldwide ban on ivory trade was approved by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Levels of poaching fell dramatically, and black market prices of ivory slumped, it seemed CITES had saved the African Elephant…

However, in 1997 CITES down-listed the elephant species into a ‘less endangered’ status due to the decrease in ivory demand. Just a year later a Taiwanese port seized tusks and ivory totalling a weight of 1.45 tonnes. In 2002, it was agreed that Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe could export 60 tonnes of ivory, subject to condition, which resulted in 108 tonnes to Japan and China, this finally took place in 2008.

Many predicted the sale might fuel an increasing appetite for ivory among the growing Chinese middle class and as poaching rates are now the highest they’ve been since 1989; this prediction was sadly very accurate. It was official; the levels of poaching and illegal trade had rocketed once again and were spiraling out of control.

The links between the ivory trade and the illegal killing of elephants are clear to see and unless action is taken based on informative evidence, African Elephants will be gone within our lifetimes.

View the ivory trade timeline and how you can help.
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MessageSujet: Re: poaching   Ven 10 Mai - 12:43

MAY 9TH 2013

About the Campaign

iWorry is a campaign by
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

The DSWT is a front-line organisation working every day in the field to protect Africa’s wildlife and habitats. We are not traditionally a campaigning organisation, but the severity of the danger caused by the escalating ivory trade will only be countered if we all stand up for elephants together.

At the DSWT we love elephants and we can’t imagine a world without them, but if we don’t all come together to stand up for elephants and add our voice to those fighting against the ivory trade, the African Elephant species could be lost forever.

As long as there is a market for ivory, elephants will be cruelly killed for their tusks. We want everyone who loves elephants to Say NO to ivory and stand up for elephants.

The DSWT iWorry campaign aims to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop all trade in ivory internationally, in order to protect the future of elephants.
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MessageSujet: Re: poaching   Ven 10 Mai - 12:46

MAY 8TH 2013

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Help us bring an end to ivory trade

The current levels of ivory poaching are leading African Elephants to extinction by 2025.

Add your name to the list of people around the world saying NO to ivory. With your signatures, we can urge government leaders around the world to ban the ivory trade permanently.

The more names we secure, the louder we can shout!

Our plans for 2013

Video and social media will be used to reach out to people in ivory consumer countries and inform them as to the stark truth behind every piece of ivory and that any person that buys ivory has blood on their hands.

We the people have it in our power to come together and fight for this intelligent, gentle and social mammal. There is hope and with your support we can still save the species. Please sign, share and connect.

Thank you again for your all your wonderful support and efforts at this crucial time for elephants.

Download and print off the petition here - ask friends and family to sign.

Speak up for elephants

Write to your Chinese Ambassador. As the largest consumer for ivory in the world we need to urge China to ban their trade in ivory, permanently. We have compiled an international list of Chinese Ambassadors which is available here.

Download a template letter to send to your Chinese Ambassador or copy the text into an email.

Click here to download the effective iWorry poster, share it with friends or print off and spread the word.

Stand up for elephants

We will be holding an International March Day outside Chinese Embassies around the world urging China to take action and to tackle the illegal ivory trade - but we can't do this alone.

We are looking for eager and enthusiastic individuals to take part in the peaceful demonstrations which will be held in the 7 major cities. Please email us if this sounds like you.

*Keep a check here for all updates*

Never buy, sell or display ivory

Buying products made from ivory, or displaying ivory items, increases sale and demand for ivory products and continues to drive the trade. Disposing of existing ivory possessions in a way which ensures they will not go back into circulation, will help to stop the continuation of the ivory trade. Many people are unaware that ‘new’ illegal ivory is often passed off as ‘old’ ivory from stockpiles, so never buy or sell any ivory.

What to do if you think you may own ivory

If you think you own an ornament or a piece of jewellery for example which is made of ivory, we suggest taking it either to a jewellers or local museum to check whether it is in fact made of ivory or not. We encourage those who want to eradicate the piece of ivory to please safely burn it. By selling the ivory (even if you are planning to donate the funds to charity) you are fueling demand by allowing the ivory to be bought and sold again.

Spread the word

Many people are unaware of the severity of the threats facing the African Elephant. Talk to your friends and family to help raise awareness of the problem. Encouraging support for frontline conservation charities such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will help give elephants their best chance at surviving the current threats and flourishing in the wild in future.

Foster an elephant

The elephants rescued by the DSWT are reliant upon them for up to 10 years, before they choose to return to the wild. Each elephant requires a stockade, the care of specialist keepers who stay with the orphans 24 hours a day, milk formula every 3 hours and additional nutrients and medicines where necessary. The full cost of care for each elephant is approximately $500 USD each month averaged across all the age groups, with the youngest Nursery calves costing $800 USD to receive the very best care. You can foster a baby elephant to become part of the elephant’s extended human family, with your donation of $50 USD a year contributing much needed funds to the DSWT Orphans Project. Foster parents receive a personalised certificate, monthly email update of their elephant, photographs and more.


Donate as little or as much as you are able to today to help the DSWT carry out valuable anti-poaching work in Kenya, and help to care for the elephants already affected by poaching.

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