Donnerstag, 16. Oktober 2014

South Africa: Call Off the Rhino Auction!

Officials at Kruger National Park in South Africa are planning to auction off 500 rhinos to the highest bidder. We need to protect these vulnerable animals.
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Officials at Kruger National Park in South Africa are planning to auction off 500 rhinos to the highest bidder. We need to protect these vulnerable animals.
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Dear Manfred,

South Africa's Kruger National Park is holding an auction for 500 white rhinos. This week, newspaper ads invited potential buyers to purchase the rhinos in batches of 20 or more. Officials say the auction is meant to protect rhinos from poachers, but selling the endangered animals to collectors is not a solution.

Click here to sign the petition asking Kruger National Park to cancel the auction.

There is no doubt that the rhinos need protection - over 500 of them have been killed illegally in Kruger Park already this year. Poachers are killing more and more rhinos every year for their horns, which are highly prized by some as a sign of wealth. But selling rhinos to private buyers will endanger the animals, not protect them.

Private buyers typically use rhinos to draw tourists for game viewing or trade them in open market. In some cases, ranchers have procured rhinos hoping that the trade of their highly sought-after horns will soon be legal. Even worse, the logistics of the auction carry many risks for the rhinos. Capturing the animals and transporting them for sale is a massive operation that involves darting them from helicopters.

The first phase of the auction is under way, with some rhinos already moved to holding pens. It’s up to us to convince park officials that the auction won’t protect these rhinos and will jeopardize their safety. Tell Kruger National Park to stop the sale and step up measures to protect the rhinos in the park!
Cate Thank you for taking action,

Cate H.
The Care2 Petitions Team
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