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The South African constitutional court has officially dismissed an application to appeal the legalization of the buying and selling of rhino horns [1]. This means that soon, the rhino horn trade will once again become totally legal in the country of South Africa.

More and more rhinos are being poached every single day in order for hunters to get their hands on the valuable horns. Just in the four-year span between 2008 and 2012, rhinos killed by poachers jumped from 83 to 688 [2].

Currently, almost 70 percent of the world's rhino population is located in South Africa, meaning that that vast majority of the earth's rhinos would be in jeopardy from this decision [3].

"If these regs are promulgated, we will see a significant rise in poaching, as poachers use the significant loopholes to cater to the increased demand for horn in the Far East," Morgan Griffiths, of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.

Rhino horns are so highly sought after by poachers because of the ridiculous amount of money (as much as $300,000) they fetch from countries like China and Vietnam where they are believed to help cure diseases, and even hangovers [3].

Even though some believe that legalizing the rhino horn trade will actually help prevent poaching, many conservationists argue that it will only increase the killing of rhinos for their horns [4].

When this ban is officially lifted, it will put a massive amount of the world's rhino back in danger of being needlessly killed unless we intervene and stop this legalization and increase enforcement of the current ban. Sign to show your support of the ban on the rhino horn trade!

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Dear Constitutional Court of South Africa,

If the ban on the buying of selling of rhino horns in South Africa is lifted, these incredible animals will become even more endangered than they already are.

Since so many of the world's rhino population are found in your very own country, keeping the rhino horn trade illegal will not only keep the animals safe, but it will help to discourage other countries from believing legalization of the trade is viable.

With poaching massively on the rise, rhinos are in more danger than ever before. Making it legal to buy and sell their horns will only encourage hunters to seek out the animals even more because it will be that much easier to make quick and easy money.

Your court has the power to keep so many rhinos safe from potential harm if the rhino horn trade stays illegal and is simply enforced. But lifting the current ban completely will almost surely be a disaster for these amazing creatures.

Please hear us and do not remove the ban on the rhino horn trade in South Africa, because we want rhinos to continue to thrive and remain as protected as possible.


Petition Signatures

Jan 21, 2018 Dusty Miller Please keep rhinos protected! If you lift the ban, I'm afraid there will soon be no rhinos left in the wild. You know these poachers are part of organized crime and have machine guns, which seriously outmatch both the animals and the rangers!
Jan 21, 2018 Alice Sievert
Jan 21, 2018 Dee Egger
Jan 20, 2018 Dottie Viar
Jan 20, 2018 Romola Newport
Jan 20, 2018 Setsuko Maruki-Fox
Jan 20, 2018 Brian Martin
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Melinda Shaw Just criminal. No part of an animal should be a product. Where is the compassion?
Jan 20, 2018 R Bows
Jan 20, 2018 Ugo Teixeira Werneck Vianna
Jan 20, 2018 beverly dunn
Jan 20, 2018 Henryetta Kidd
Jan 20, 2018 Heather Little
Jan 20, 2018 Mary Dabney Are south Africans disgusting heathens..?
Jan 20, 2018 Elizabeth Barrera
Jan 19, 2018 Donna Delin
Jan 19, 2018 Kathleen Oldfield
Jan 19, 2018 Danette Schau
Jan 19, 2018 Erin Ryan
Jan 19, 2018 graciela kries
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do not allow sale of rhino horns! Killing an animal for a trophy should be banned and include harsh legal penalties/punishment.
Jan 19, 2018 Donna Cnossen
Jan 19, 2018 Lonni Christian
Jan 19, 2018 Jenny Ruckdeschel
Jan 19, 2018 Shawn Tvrz
Jan 19, 2018 Sherry Costas If you lose your rhinos and/or become known as an environmentally unfriendly country you could use a lot of tourist business. Aside from moral considerations, which are more important, this could have bad consequences.
Jan 19, 2018 Leslie Gladstone This is urgent, we need everyone's help.
Jan 19, 2018 Paula Keenum
Jan 19, 2018 JULIA GUETH
Jan 19, 2018 Pamela Gray
Jan 19, 2018 patricia mulvay
Jan 19, 2018 Michael Ernemann
Jan 19, 2018 Wendy Vanaecken
Jan 19, 2018 Michel Ernemann
Jan 19, 2018 sylvia durand
Jan 18, 2018 nadège carcanague
Jan 18, 2018 Alison Aplin
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 marielouise ter avest
Jan 18, 2018 Pamela Dugan
Jan 18, 2018 Peggy Bosley
Jan 18, 2018 Dale Thoen
Jan 18, 2018 Karen Lowe
Jan 18, 2018 Kathleen Doyle
Jan 18, 2018 LynnMeta Williams
Jan 18, 2018 Laura Zoldak
Jan 18, 2018 Mary A Leon After these rhinos are gone then what? Clone them? How will that work out? The thing to do is to keep them SAFE, ALIVE and STOP giving them up to evil people who think rhino horn is 'cute' and 'medicinal'!
Jan 18, 2018 Jennifer Johnson

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