SAFFR Gathering: CITES COP17 Conference – 24 September

0pening Speech by Tracy King

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

Alexia Abnett the founding director of Southern African Fight for Rhinos is attending the Cites Cop17 at the Sandton Convention Centre so unfortunately could not attend here today.

Lex is the driving force behind SAFFR which was born after she had attended the China / Africa Forum in 2015. She realised then that were would be no stopping the poaching of our rhinos and wildlife if nothing was done.

At great expense to her health and personal finances she started SAFFR and the fight to bring the plight of our Rhinos to the attention of the world and more importantly to Cites Cop17 against all odds.

Her passion her tenacity determination and her doo or die attitude as well as her vast knowledge has brought SAFFR this far.

I joined up with Alexia in March 2016 and it has been one helluva journey. We have worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week and it has been my privilege and honour to work with and learn from this extraordinary woman. She has been my mentor, my friend and confidante. Through all the trials and tribulations we have supported each other through the good and the bad.

Alexia has many plans for SAFFR moving forward for our wildlife and the upliftment of poor communities.

We have already started in the schools believing that through education from the bottom to the top and not the other way around we can achieve much for our continent and especially South Africa’s ecological, environmental, vast biological diversity, can be protected.

The culmination of all this work and today’s gathering is the handing over of the 20 000 signature petition by Alexia Abnett to Mr John Scanlon which is in itself an historical moment under the watch of the 100 member delegation and the Kenneth Masikele High School Choir who will be singing for him.


























Closing Speech by Tracy King

SAFFR would like to welcome and thank everyone for taking the time to attend and support our gathering here today especially it being Heritage day.

We at SAFFR would like to extend a very big thank you to his excellency Prince Buthelezi of the IFP who is an avid wildlife conservationist as well as Mr Dlhamini and Phumlani Sikhosana for all their assistance in getting supporters here today. Without politicising the day We at SAFFR support the environmental Policies that the IFP have in place.

We also wish to thank Kenneth Masikela High School Choir for taking time to attend and perform SAFFR’s song today.

Southern African Fight For Rhino believes that without proper engagement, and inclusion of the surrounding poor communities,within the wildlife industry, the constant demand on our resources will succeed in the extinction of our wildlife. Our campaign has been branded THIS IS OUR FIGHT NOW! because we truly believe that it is now time for change.

Syndicates and Illegal traders of our rhino, offer a handful of poor people the opportunity to earn vast sums of money to slaughter the rhino. This is not the solution to alleviate poverty. The few people who are Motivated by greed and money, whilst the rest of the surrounding communities remain disenfranchised and poor.

Without wildlife, there can be no tourism. Without the Big 5, there can be no opportunities for economical empowerment within the surrounding poor communities.

SAFFR will begin to work with some of these communities, by educating, re conceptualising peoples mind set, and assist rural communities through activism to finalise outstanding land claims. Many of these people who began these applications have grown old and passed away while fighting and waiting for these claims to be finalised.

These communities must be allowed access to their heritage, because without them protecting all the resources and wildlife, the poaching will continue, until nothing is left.

Eco Tourism offers the largest employment opportunities for the people on the African continent.

Instead of human/ wildlife conflict with problem animals these animals can earn the communities income. SAFFR is in the position to show these communities how to do this.

Self empowerment via tourism is extremely possible. By teaching and assisting the communities on how to access the opportunities, the incentive will be given to protect all wildlife.

Please all of you, go away and think about this. Go to our website and be kept informed. Contact us. Talk to us.

And once again our heartfelt thanks for the support today. Lets unite. Lets work towards 2017 being the year where we, the people make our voices heard. Together.

Praise song to the Rhinoceros by Credo Mutwa (excerpt)

Ubbejane, you are the thunder of the valleys
You are the roar among the mountains
You are the noise upon the plains
And you are the horn that the moon loves to kiss!
You are the Rhinoceros
You are the invincible one
You are the weak eye that sees into years that are yet to come
You are the sharp ear that hears a lover’s whisper in the tall grass
You are the great foot that tramples everything into the ground
You are the delight of the woodcarvers
You are the joy of the painters
You are the song of those who cast in metal
You are Ubbujane, the Rhinoceros!
Together with the Elephant, Indlovu, many generations ago, you danced the world into existence, so that green things may grow upon this world…
You are Ubbejane, the Rhinoceros
You are the darling of the waxing moon
You are the thunder of the mountains
You are the vibrations on the rocky ground
You are the hardworking one, the labourer who laboured so that the Earth Mother might plant green things upon this earth…
It was believed that your dung, Ubbejane, which no-one dares set on fire to make a fire, can bring peace and and take away enmity between people,
Ubbejane, long may you roar across the plains of Africa…
Ubbejane, animal of our forefathers
Pillar of the land of Africa
Post that supports the green world that we know
Long may you live Ubbejane!
May you have a thousand sons and a million daughters!
Oh beloved of the moon goddess, Bayete!

Poem by CJ Carrington

I am Rhino
Hear me weep
As my family fades around me
And my babies die in defeat
Ancient children of this Earth
What did we ever do in our Wildness to deserve
This hell you serve us day by day
Nowhere to run to
No home to stay
We are strong
And wild
And free
Sometimes…
If you humans would just let us be
We have no argument with you
We have to live here – it is our home too
When will you start to hear our voice
You are humans, you rule
You always have a choice!
I am Rhino
Hear me cry
Choose to protect me
Do not let me die
I am strong
But without you
I am weak
From the sharp tip
Of my precious worthless horn
To the soft soles
Of my flower-shaped feet
I am Rhino
And I bleed

The SAFFR Song

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Finding Solutions to Wildlife/Human Conflict

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We have to start thinking about the serious threat of wildlife human conflict. Hunters say the population growth needs to be controlled by hunting.

Game Park management, are able to either sell (auctions bringing in vast sums of money for the government, who will tell you that it goes back into ‘conservation’. However, that is still not enough. The excess animals must be culled or hunted.

FOUL everyone cries. (including me, although I am intelligent enough to realise that solutions need to be found)

Going forward, we need to look at finding the solutions. Wildlife is being killed by lions, who breed prolifically.

Elephants need vast tracts of land, and literally destroy trees and their own habitat, as they lumber along.

When we get to the rhino, it would be utterly unacceptable, to control them in the wild. However, whilst attending the CITES convention, my feelings of impending doom, are warranted, as hunting in South Africa is a part a certain sector of our diverse cultures, a part of THEIR culture, and the money made by private owners and brokers, is R 1.000,000,000 per year. How much of that is earned by government is difficult to say, as I am doubtful full disclosure is happening. However, the figure came out of President Jacob Zuma’s mouth.

What are the options available to us, to stop this income earning going on? One can see why government backs this enterprise.

It will not stop!

So lets continue on wildlife/human conflict.

The areas that are becoming more and more cultivated for food, is diminishing the wildlife populations habitat.

Hence this conflict.

In an earlier post by Tracy King two baby rhino were killed by lions, and now we are told there are too many lions. These creatures live in an area that needs to be sustained. There are solutions of course, but my immediate concerns are the over abundance of two species in particular.

Elephants and Lions.

Both species, have in areas, been successfully given Contraceptives.

I would go with that as part of a solution, rather than the species getting hunted or culled. Please bare in mind, this seems to only be affecting wildlife populations in Southern Africa. In particular South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe.

Our Northern African countries are calling for their elephant to be declared ‘critically endangered’, so I pray the Parties vote wisely, but given all the doings, and goings on, and deal making happening, I am skeptical.

Lets also try and find solutions as well to the stopping of the canned lion industry. This is a monstrous mess, and although the over 500.000 signature petition was handed over to the DEA, there is very little concrete solutions being put out there, to solve a problem that again is earning millions of Rand. This is an ILLEGAL industry.

So why is it being allowed to continue???

Chris Mercer is THE lion expert and he should at all times be consulted on this awful industry. It was he who exposed this industry, and deserves to be consulted, as his work has indeed made the world aware of this industry, and all the horrifying things going on, with this ILLEGAL industry.

I am no expert, being a grassroots person, but if we can all work together on the evils controlling our wildlife, we can indeed find the solutions. Think about things, and lets see how we map out the agenda going forward.

Make no two ways about it. 2017 will see some very big changes.

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/krugerpark-times-2-21-lion-contraception-21395.html

Please read this excellent article on elephant contraceptives.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-19990483

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Trophy Hunts Linked to Rhino Horn Smuggling

We are quick to blame foreigners for poaching and feeding the demand for rhino horn and yet do we look at the “boere mafia” and what they get up to? Using Cites loopholes and devious means for smuggling the horns out through trophys that have been taxidermied for export. The likes of Dawie Groenewald, Hugo Ras, Jan Walter Slippers, Lest we also not forget Gert Saaiman of Saaiman Hunting Safaris, and Sandhurst Safaris owner, George Fletcher, along with Frans van Deventer. Despite (allegedly) organizing the killing of at least 19 rhinos in national parks and on private game reserves, and facing multiple charges (including racketeering, money laundering, various counts of theft, malicious damage to property and contraventions of the various provincial Conservation Acts and the Aviation Act), they walked free in 2010, when their case was “struck from the roll”. These local mafia members will continue to get away with murder if our Environmental Department and Legal processes are not tightened up and enforced.

http://africageographic.com/blog/south-africas-trophy-hunt-industry-linked-to-rhino-horn-trafficking-again/

AGAIN – Africa Geographic Original Source: Annamiticus The July 2013 seizure of 24 rhino horns and arrest of 16 suspects in the Czech Republic points yet again to South Africa’s failure to…

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Exposé on Exporting of Rhinos to Australia

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS DONE WITHOUT PREJUDICE, AND ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE WEB.

As I have been promising you all, an expose regarding our rhino’s demise, I am going to present to you, some of the worst possible information that you probably, will ever hear. Try and be patient please, as this research is not hog wash, and Tracy King and myself have been researching for weeks, and I have been connecting the dots, so that you can all satisfy yourselves as to it being true.

It all began with my expose on Ray Dearloves initiative to export our rhino to Australia, for a so called ‘breeding program’ as an ‘insurance’, in case the South African government allows our rhino to become extinct.

Three things raised red flags:

    1. His friendship with our very own John Hume. ( for those who dont know, he is the largest rhino owner in the world, and de horns his rhino and stockpiles them, in anticipation of the International ban on trade of rhino horn being lifted.) Actually, we have over 300 private rhino owners in SA, and most of them are also de horning for the same reasons.
    2. Investec is going to be financing this export of South African rhino.
    3. There are over 3 million Vietnamese and Chinese who form part of the Australian population.I wrote to the government in Australia, asking some very pertinent questions, and they responded, politically. Skirting the questions, with stupid explanations.

Then things went quiet, although there was this little niggle, always, and so Southern African Fight For Rhino, was born.

For ten years, I have been watching the millions of $ being made on the backs of our slaughtered rhino, and decided that for our rhino to get some respite, or indeed, for them NOT to leave our African shores, I decided that this movement must be taken forward by the Africans themselves.

Dubbed: THIS IS OUR FIGHT NOW!

This niggle would not go away, and so I started to follow the money.

Questions:

      1. Why would Investec back an initiative that would give them no returns on their money? ( and indeed, there are only six rhino, now, supposedly leaving our shores, and still not a done deal, yet, a huge drop from 20, hey?)
      2. Why the need for 80 rhino, as an ‘insurance’, why not a 1000 and be done with it? (20-50 needed to maintain a healthy gene pool.)
      3. Why has everyone, fallen for this initiative, that has so many unanswered questions, believing that Ray Dearlove is some sort of hero, because HE and HE alone, out of a world population of nearly 8 billion people has the solution to this crisis?
      4. Why is our government, allowing this? Its not just this lot, its our elephants,and rhinos off to USA, China, and now Vietnam?
      5. Why is there no will to stop this continued slaughter, of our rhino, yet we have the means to end it like, in a weeks time?Now, within the last three weeks, this dastardly attempt has reared its head again, and sadly, not only are our very own South Africans believing this, but the Australians are fighting tooth and nail for this to happen! Facebook is alive with the pro and the anti, but not many have actually seen this for what it is. The media is blowing this up so much, and people are being drawn into the frenzy. STOP and THINK!Hence my article now, that will upset you all so much, as it has me.

There is a picture here, far larger than you or I, would ever have believed, but actually, as we have been saying for years and years, its about greed. Its about money. Secret meetings? Conspiracies? YOU BE THE JUDGES.

However, its South Africa’s links to these huge money corporate’s, and specifically Investec, Goldman Sachs, George Soros, members of our own elite, of these organisations, and right up to the Obama government, that we should be worrying about, because, these things are the key as to what and why our rhino are continually poached and exported.”The eccentric financial expert Jean-Pierre van Rossem may have said it best:

“The whole third world is indebted to the banks. And it really is the financial power clique that keeps these countries poor. Why does poverty continue? Because it has a purpose.”

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_1001club01.htm

I beg you to read this above article, please!”An ever-expanding world population seriously gets in the way of these things.

Although no politician or journalist will burn his fingers on this topic, helping people of third world countries is actually quite problematic from a strictly geopolitical point of view.

The reasons:

It may upset the balance of power.

There aren’t enough natural resources to support 6,5 billion ( over 7 billion now) people with a high standard of living.

The economic power clique of the West seems to have realized this, judging from internal documents that leaked from the World Bank in recent years.

These documents described the process through which the IMF and World Bank crush third world countries economically by extending their loans only after the leaders of the respective countries have accepted secret and very far-reaching policies of privatization and deregulation.

Lets begin closer to home first. Lets follow the links.

CHERYL A CAROLUS:

Linked to WWF: http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/organization/trustees/cherylcarolus.cfm (George Soros)

“She served as Chairperson of the South African National Parks Board for six years”.

She also sits on Investecs Board of Directors.

GEORGE SOROS:

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP (ICG) So many Communists here, including CHERYL CAROLUS.

Red Flags!

NGO that seeks to avert and resolve deadly conflicts around the world.

Many of its board members have ties to the far left.

Funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute.

Other key members of the ICG board include:

Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations Samuel “Sandy” Berger, who was President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter CHERYL CAROLUS, former secretary-general of the African National Congress, and a former member of the South African Communist Party’s “Interim Leadership Group”

GARETH EVANS, an affiliate of the Australian Fabian Society, a socialist organization; he is also an International Advisory Board member of the Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Joschka Fischer, former Green Party foreign minister of Germany, and a former communist/anarchist affiliate of several known terrorists.

Igor Ivanov,who served as a foreign-ministry official of the Soviet Union, 1973-1983 Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a board-of-sponsors member of the communist-initiated Federation of American Scientists Javier Solana: Known for his Marxist sympathies and his support for Fidel Castro, this former high-ranking official of the European Union was once on America’s list of known subversives. ( they are all ‘friends’ now)

GEORGE SOROS, founder of the Open Society Institute.

Senior Advisor:

CYRIL RAMOPHOSA: This former secretary-general of the African National Congress was a committed socialist and an ally of the South African Communist Party.

Australia link: http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=releases&id=2011_06_01_Soros_Carbon_Cate.html.

“Gareth Evans, a man who bothers me even more, is an affiliate of the Australian Fabian Society, a socialist organization. He was president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009.”

(George Soros) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Evans_(politician)

It doesn’t seem to matter where I look, be it Obama, the economy, the UN, one world government, WWF, I keep running into George Soros.

This link is a very very serious one. Please see that Soros owns Obama, and shockingly has Australia big wigs, in his pocket.”He intends to force a sovereign UN based government on the world rather that a nation state model. Soros—the God Father of the Left—with his socialist New World Order goals has become the most dangerous man on planet Earth, because he has the means to do it.”

http://concit.org/soros-and-his-australian-minions/

Operating on an annual budget of $15.5 million, ICG raises funds from governments, charitable foundations, private companies, and individual donors. Among the organization’s key benefactors are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Compton Foundation; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the Flora Family Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; the Ploughshares Fund; the Rockefeller Foundation; and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Most notably, in 2008 George Soros’s Open Society Institute pledged to give $5 million to ICG.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.HILARY CLINTON ( OBAMA Government) major funding by Goldman Sachs. Lots of big names in here. (George Soros).

http://investmentwatchblog.com/hillary-clinton-im-running-for-goldman-sachs-saudi-arabia-soros-rothschild-monsanto-2/

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/05/15/soros-takes-stakes-in-j-p-morgan-and-goldman-sachs/

LAKSHMI N. MITTAL ( Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Acerol Mittal South Africa) TITO MBOWENI, are on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs!

George Soros has created problems in China, and indeed they are going at it with each other. So in conclusion, this is it in a nutshell:Investec is ‘advised’ by Goldman Sachs, and the Obama government, has plenty ‘goldies’ in the Administration. George Soros, owns a massive chunk of Goldman Sachs. George Soros, as I have posted above, is the UN, WWF and indeed a few of our own elite are involved with him, or have been in the past.

SO WHO, IN FACT, OWNS OUR WILDLIFE? WHO, IN FACT, OWN OUR RHINO??

How much debt are our private rhino owners in? Who do they go to for loans?

Even CITES has been told that their days are numbered, as they have ‘outgrown’ themselves, and must get under the umbrella body, the United nations. ( George Soros)

THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!

Secret meetings? Conspiracies? YOU BE THE JUDGES.

IT IS NOW EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO STOP WISHING AND HOPING THAT THIS IS ALL GOING TO COME RIGHT. WE HAVE TO MAKE A CONCERTED STAND. DONT BE A ‘SHEEPLES’, AND FOLLOW THE CROWD, BECAUSE WE ARE ACTUALLY PERPETUATING THE DEMISE OF OUR RHINO, AND INDEED ALL OF OUR RESOURCES!!

This must be enough proof now, that our rhino are going to Australia to be bred for rhino horn harvesting! For MONEY!

http://investmentwatchblog.com/hillary-clinton-im-running-for-goldman-sachs-saudi-arabia-soros-rothschild-monsanto-2/

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/05/15/soros-takes-stakes-in-j-p-morgan-and-goldman-sachs/

http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/organization/trustees/cherylcarolus.cfm

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Southern African Fight for Rhino – Scale & Nature of Rhino Horn Trade

Scale & Nature of Rhino Horn Trade

This is a terrible scenario, and it is these people that should be targeted, although I am not sure how, if these countries do not take action, and are quite willing to allow our African heritage to be decimated.Please wake up people, time is running out for our rhino.”Overall, EIA’s records document the seizure of 887kg of rhino horn explicitly linked to Vietnam (30 per cent of total seizures) and 695kg explicitly linked to China (24 per cent of total).”DO WE REALISE HOW MANY RHINO DIED FOR THIS?

Map exposes the scale and nature of rhino horn trade – EIA International. EIA has produced an interactive map of the illegal trade in rhino horn, the latest in a series of visualisations of illegal wildlife trade:

https://eia-international.org/map-exposes-the-scale-and-nature-of-rhino-horn-trade

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Southern African Fight for Rhino – Expose George Soros

Expose George Soros

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS DONE WITHOUT PREJUDICE,AND ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE WEB.

As I have been promising you all, an expose regarding our rhino’s demise, I am going to present to you, some of the worst possible information that you probably, will ever hear. Try and be patient please, as this research is not hog wash, and Tracy King and myself have been researching for weeks, and I have been connecting the dots, so that you can all satisfy yourselves as to it being true.

It all began with my expose on Ray Dearloves initiative to export our rhino to Australia, for a so called ‘breeding program’ as an ‘insurance’, in case the South African government allows our rhino to become extinct.

Three things raised red flags:

  1. His friendship with our very own John Hume. ( for those who dont know, he is the largest rhino owner in the world, and de horns his rhino and stockpiles them, in anticipation of the International ban on trade of rhino horn being lifted.) Actually, we have over 300 private rhino owners in SA, and most of them are also de horning for the same reasons.
  2. Investec is going to be financing this export of South African rhino.
  3. There are over 3 million Vietnamese and Chinese who form part of the Australian population.

I wrote to the government in Australia, asking some very pertinent questions, and they responded, politically. Skirting the questions, with stupid explanations.

Then things went quiet, although there was this little niggle, always, and so Southern African Fight For Rhino, was born.

For ten years, I have been watching the millions of $ being made on the backs of our slaughtered rhino, and decided that for our rhino to get some respite, or indeed, for them NOT to leave our African shores, I decided that this movement must be taken forward by the Africans themselves.

Dubbed: THIS IS OUR FIGHT NOW!

This niggle would not go away, and so I started to follow the money.

Questions:

  1. Why would Investec back an initiative that would give them no returns on their money? ( and indeed, there are only six rhino, now, supposedly leaving our shores, and still not a done deal, yet, a huge drop from 20, hey?)
  2. Why the need for 80 rhino, as an ‘insurance’, why not a 1000 and be done with it? (20-50 needed to maintain a healthy gene pool.)
  3. Why has everyone, fallen for this initiative, that has so many unanswered questions, believing that Ray Dearlove is some sort of hero, because HE and HE alone, out of a world population of nearly 8 billion people has the solution to this crisis?
  4. Why is our government, allowing this? Its not just this lot, its our elephants,and rhinos off to USA, China, and now Vietnam?
  5. Why is there no will to stop this continued slaughter, of our rhino, yet we have the means to end it like, in a weeks time?

Now, within the last three weeks, this dastardly attempt has reared its head again, and sadly, not only are our very own South Africans believing this, but the Australians are fighting tooth and nail for this to happen! Facebook is alive with the pro and the anti, but not many have actually seen this for what it is. The media is blowing this up so much, and people are being drawn into the frenzy. STOP and THINK!

Hence my article now, that will upset you all so much, as it has me.

There is a picture here, far larger than you or I, would ever have believed, but actually, as we have been saying for years and years, its about greed. Its about money. Secret meetings? Conspiracies? YOU BE THE JUDGES.

However, its South Africa’s links to these huge money corporate’s, and specifically Investec, Goldman Sachs, George Soros, members of our own elite, of these organisations, and right up to the Obama government, that we should be worrying about, because, these things are the key as to what and why our rhino are continually poached and exported.

The eccentric financial expert Jean-Pierre van Rossem may have said it best:

“The whole third world is indebted to the banks. And it really is the financial power clique that keeps these countries poor. Why does poverty continue? Because it has a purpose.”

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_1001club01.htm

I beg you to read this above article, please!

An ever-expanding world population seriously gets in the way of these things. Although no politician or journalist will burn his fingers on this topic, helping people of third world countries is actually quite problematic from a strictly geopolitical point of view.

The reasons:

It may upset the balance of power.

There aren’t enough natural resources to support 6,5 billion ( over 7 billion now) people with a high standard of living.

The economic power clique of the West seems to have realized this, judging from internal documents that leaked from the World Bank in recent years.

These documents described the process through which the IMF and World Bank crush third world countries economically by extending their loans only after the leaders of the respective countries have accepted secret and very far-reaching policies of privatization and deregulation.” Lets begin closer to home first. Lets follow the links.

CHERYL A CAROLUS:

Linked to WWF: http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/organization/trustees/cherylcarolus.cfm (George Soros)

“She served as Chairperson of the South African National Parks Board for six years”

She also sits on Investecs Board of Directors.

GEORGE SOROS:

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP (ICG)

So many Communists here, including CHERYL CAROLUS Red Flags!

NGO that seeks to avert and resolve deadly conflicts around the world.

Many of its board members have ties to the far left.

Funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute.

Other key members of the ICG board include:

Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations

Samuel “Sandy” Berger, who was President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter CHERYL CAROLUS, former secretary-general of the African National Congress, and a former member of the South African Communist Party’s “Interim Leadership Group”

GARETH EVANS, an affiliate of the Australian Fabian Society, a socialist organization; he is also an International Advisory Board member of the Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Joschka Fischer, former Green Party foreign minister of Germany, and a former communist/anarchist affiliate of several known terrorists

Igor Ivanov,who served as a foreign-ministry official of the Soviet Union, 1973-1983 Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a board-of-sponsors member of the communist-initiated Federation of American Scientists Javier Solana: Known for his Marxist sympathies and his support for Fidel Castro, this former high-ranking official of the European Union was once on America’s list of known subversives. ( they are all ‘friends’ now)

GEORGE SOROS, founder of the Open Society Institute.

Senior Advisor:

CYRIL RAMOPHOSA:

This former secretary-general of the African National Congress was a committed socialist and an ally of the South African Communist Party.

Australia link: http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=releases&id=2011_06_01_Soros_Carbon_Cate.html

“Gareth Evans, a man who bothers me even more, is an affiliate of the Australian Fabian Society, a socialist organization. He was president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009.” ( George Soros)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Evans_(politician)

It doesn’t seem to matter where I look, be it Obama, the economy, the UN, one world government, WWF, I keep running into George Soros.

This link is a very very serious one. Please see that Soros owns Obama, and shockingly has Australia big wigs, in his pocket.

“He intends to force a sovereign UN based government on the world rather that a nation state model. Soros—the God Father of the Left—with his socialist New World Order goals has become the most dangerous man on planet Earth, because he has the means to do it.”

http://concit.org/soros-and-his-australian-minions/

Operating on an annual budget of $15.5 million, ICG raises funds from governments, charitable foundations, private companies, and individual donors. Among the organization’s key benefactors are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Compton Foundation; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the Flora Family Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; the Ploughshares Fund; the Rockefeller Foundation; and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Most notably, in 2008 George Soros’s Open Society Institute pledged to give $5 million to ICG.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

HILARY CLINTON ( OBAMA Government) major funding by Goldman Sachs. Lots of big names in here. (George Soros).

http://investmentwatchblog.com/hillary-clinton-im-running-for-goldman-sachs-saudi-arabia-soros-rothschild-monsanto-2/

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/05/15/soros-takes-stakes-in-j-p-morgan-and-goldman-sachs/

LAKSHMI N. MITTAL ( Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Acerol Mittal South Africa) TITO MBOWENI, are on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs!

George Soros has created problems in China, and indeed they are going at it with each other. So in conclusion, this is it in a nutshell:

Investec is ‘advised’ by Goldman Sachs, and the Obama government, has plenty ‘goldies’ in the Administration. George Soros, owns a massive chunk of Goldman Sachs. George Soros, as I have posted above, is the UN, WWF and indeed a few of our own elite are involved with him, or have been in the past.

SO WHO, IN FACT, OWNS OUR WILDLIFE? WHO, IN FACT, OWN OUR RHINO?? How much debt are our private rhino owners in? Who do they go to for loans? Even CITES has been told that their days are numbered, as they have ‘outgrown’ themselves, and must get under the umbrella body, the United nations. ( George Soros) THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!

Secret meetings? Conspiracies? YOU BE THE JUDGES.

IT IS NOW EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO STOP WISHING AND HOPING THAT THIS IS ALL GOING TO COME RIGHT. WE HAVE TO MAKE A CONCERTED STAND. DONT BE A ‘SHEEPLES’, AND FOLLOW THE CROWD, BECAUSE WE ARE ACTUALLY PERPETUATING THE DEMISE OF OUR RHINO, AND INDEED ALL OF OUR RESOURCES!!

This must be enough proof now, that our rhino are going to Australia to be bred for rhino horn harvesting! For MONEY!

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/george-soros-agenda-21-and-the-coming-world-government/

http://defeatcommunism.com/profiles/blogs/the-tides-foundation-george

http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/organization/trustees/cherylcarolus.cfm

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Southern African Fight for Rhino – Poaching & the True Numbers of Rhino in SA

Poaching & the True Numbers of Rhino in SA

There are two articles included in this post, only because the numbers that are quoted regarding the rhino, are disputable. VERY!

One does not need to be a rocket scientist, to realize that through scientific evidence, we are able to come to our own conclusions. Right?

The numbers being thrown around lately, are figures that were around 2013 times. Poaching has increased and increased, to such levels, that we have actually reached tipping point, in the Kruger. (more deaths than births).

I put it to everyone, that the reason the DEA stopped issuing figures, and pumping up the numbers, was because of CITES CoP 17. August 2015 being the last time that we were given figures. Ironically, it was also the first time our President went on a walk about in the Kruger. Up till then he had never seen a rhino, in the flesh. He too brandied around the figure of 22.000 rhino. Yet the numbers being bandied about in the following article have actually INCREASED! How on earth is that possible??

The NDFs show that poaching has surpassed the 7% line, which would have enabled the numbers to maintain. This year, 2016 the % has grown, no matter what the DEA says.

So we are going to accept that Dr Kobus du Toit’s research is correct, as he has actually challenged anyone to dispute these findings:

http://oxpeckers.org/2015/06/kruger-rhino-numbers-in-crisis-says-expert/

Now the following article, which is quite recent, shows that the numbers are increasing. Does anyone actually KNOW the correct figures?

I must stick with the NDF’s (Non Detrimental Findings 2015) as the figure there falls into line with the figures show by Dr Kobus du Toit.

However, either way we look at it, the situation is dire, and it is up to each and every one of us, to begin making a concerted grassroots stand. Questions need to be answered, and mass peaceful protests need to go hand n hand with petitions which are delivered to the correct governmental institutions.

This we aim to do going forward into 2017.

If you, the people give SAFFR this mandate, and work with us, we will have much to go forward with.

The rhino de horning, needs changing of legislation, and the lion and rhino, and indeed the elephants, need to be declared sentient beings. They need to be treated as victims too. We will fight to have this done, and it might take a while, as the wheels of true justice turn very slowly in South Africa.

There is a chart in the below article, and deserves studying by all.

This link will take you to the dark side:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-07-12-poachers-paradise-the-terrifying-underworld-behind-rhino-horn-trade

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Southern African Fight for Rhino – Australian Auction Houses

Australian Auction Houses

WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES.

This link posted by Tracy King a few days ago, highlights this demand yet again, and it disturbs me immensely, because I have it in writing from the Federal Government in Australia, that under no circumstances would the rhino be harmed!!

Yet here is more proof…

Read the Article…

Last year I did an expose on Ray Dearloves friendship, with our very own John Hume. ‘Rhino Ray’ as he has been dubbed, is exporting our rhino to Australia, get this, as an ‘insurance’ project, just in case the SA government, is too stupid, and allows the rhino to become extinct. (not to far fetched, mind)

The red flags went up, with the combination of de horning, and stockpiling the horn by JH, the massive amounts of money that would be made, by these de horners, IF the international ban is lifted, and the Asian community link in Australia.

Oh but wait. Ray Dearlove’s friendship is not a ‘deep’ one, as was revealed by a prominent South African NGO. He went there to JHs farm, to ask JH to DONATE some rhino to his initiative, that of exporting our rhino to Australia. Haahahaaaa. REALLY??

FACTS:

Australia’s biggest trade partner is China. (86%)

Australia has a Chinese and Vietnamese population of over 3.4 million.

You getting where I am going with this?

Ray Dearlove has said that the SA government, and the Australian government, are on board with his initiative, and they back it 100%.

I wonder why?

Is the South African government then agreeing with Ray Dearlove, who out of a worldwide population of nearly 8 billion people, was the only person to come up with this so called solution, that they (the SA government) have agreed there is a profound possibility that the rhino will be going extinct on their watch?

Ray Dearlove has the backing of INVESTEC.

Why would INVESTEC invest in the project, if its not to make money for their shareholders?

HOW would this money be made? INVESTEC doesnt play around, with small timers. Indeed, how did Ray Dearlove garner their support in the first place? Has money changed hands perhaps? A partnership, perhaps?

You might all be wondering why I will not let this go.

I refuse to believe, that Ray Dearlove, is doing this because of the ‘extinction’ of our rhino, unless, the South African government, has admitted that they are going to continue to allow the poaching to carry on, unabated, or that they are also so dependent on Chinese trade, that they are making decisions, without due consultation with our very own stakeholders. Our African people.

Perhaps Pelham Jones, could answer some of these questions, as he heads up the Private Rhino Owners Association.

Ray Dearlove has also stated, several times, that these rhino remain the property of the South African government.

How does INVESTEC aim to make money out of this scenario?

As the rhino remain the property of the SA government, then surely, so would all rhino horn? Therefore, IF the ban is lifted, surely, all profits from the sales of the rhino horn, (which belong to the SA government, according to Ray Dearlove) MUST INDEED COME BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA!

I just fail to see the reasons for the export, based on the story from Ray Dearlove.

During my research I found this very very informative article, done by Lynn Johnson, who heads up Breaking the Brand. Once again, forcing me, to tackle this initiative and its true reasons for the validation of this initiative.

I am totally convinced, now, more than ever , that Ray Dearlove, through his friendship with John Hume, has every intention of de horning these rhino.

Will the governments of Australia and South Africa, have control over the figures of births or deaths of the next generation of these captive bred rhino, who by the way, will be re exported back to South Africa, once the situation improves. (if it ever does?)

How will we be releasing these captive bred rhino back into the wild?

Is there a plan in place?

Vietnamese women are being used as mules, at the moment, to smuggle rhino horn into Australia, from Vietnam, as easily, as they can be used to smuggle rhino horn out of SA into Vietnam. The fact that Greg Hunt, replied to my letter, saying that the Federal government of Australia, continues, upgrading and implementing stronger and stricter laws, in the continued fight to protect these endangered species, tells us what??

They do indeed have a massive problem. One only has to watch Border Security, to see how huge the problem is. Auction houses, selling horn as antique inheritances, will not be able to sort the modern horn from an antique one.

How is this being controlled?

Questions that need answering, can come from you, our members. Please feel free to ask, and we will endeavor to answer, but I think that there is enough information out there, to allow you all to make your own conclusions.

http://conservationaction.co.za/…/reckless-australian-auct…/

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Southern African Fight for Rhino – South Africa needs to heed security warning signs

South Africa needs to heed security warning signs

Written by Rick Gooch

Both South Africa and CITES need to be decisive at the upcoming CITES convention.In September 2016, South Africa will be hosting the forthcoming CITES Cop17 convention to be held in Johannesburg. It is considered a highly prestigious event, since CITES is loosely termed, the United Nations of Wildlife, an intergovernmental organization to promote international cooperation within its 182 member countries representing five continents.Together, the CITES membership, with Secretary-General, John Scanlon and the host chairperson, Edna Molewa, the South African Minister of Wildlife and the Environment, will be overseeing an agenda that will include implementing new policies and improving existing regulations to safeguard flora and fauna all over the world for the next three years.

This is a highly critical period for wildlife conservation globally, as poaching and trafficking is out of control, not only in Africa, South America, and Asia but in all range countries throughout the world.The main focus will be on the host country, considering the wildlife events that have occurred over the last two years, with many endangered species being decimated by wildlife traffickers, trophy hunters and ineffective government policies with no transparency and substance.

In addition, there is the question of widespread corruption throughout the Administration undermining its stability, and the current political discontent involving the President that is reverberating throughout the country.The following shows the ineffective actions of the South Africa Government during this timeframe; their wildlife ‘report card’ doesn’t make for impressive reading!In 2014, Minister Edna Molewa made a public speech giving thanks regarding the donation of R250 Million to SanParks by the Howard G Buffet Foundation. In addition, nearly US$30 million dollars (440 million Rand) was given to the South African Government by International donors to improve wildlife protection and conservation throughout their national wildlife parks, primarily to Kruger National Park.

According to Government statistics in 2015, 1,125 Rhinos were killed in the country, 821 of them in Kruger. In addition, there were a variety of other wildlife fatalities by poachers including Elephants and other endangered species.More importantly it raises the question, how was this money utilized by the Government, and how many animals were saved thanks to these donations?

As of this time, I am not aware of any audit reports made public from any Government departments explaining how this money was spent on protecting wildlife and increasing anti-poaching operations in any of their parks.Why is it that many private wildlife reserves and sanctuaries are better organized, dedicated and motivated in protecting their animals than Government units, yet don’t have the same resources to call on. After all, the Government have additional enforcement resources at their disposal, such as the SADF, the South African Defense Force, Police forces, ex-military personnel and others such as Intelligence and Logistical services to name a few. They could be utilized to assist in anti-poaching operations wherever needed.It is difficult to understand that why, no one from the head of SANPARKS, or the former head of Special Projects, retired Major General Johan Jooste, has made a public statement on the poaching situation in the country, or what measures have been taken to improve wildlife protection, especially the Rhino situation in Kruger whose numbers are being dramatically reduced on a daily basis.

After all, if my understanding is correct, Jooste was the architect of the security enforcement program implemented two years ago, in Kruger Park to reduce the level of poaching and apprehend the poachers!It is thanks only to the dedicated Park Rangers who are working throughout the National Parks, especially in Kruger that the casualty list is not larger, though they have had their own internal issues. They have the thankless task of protecting the wildlife, yet are faced with well-armed poachers who are well organized and are prepared to kill anything in front of them. Although the Rangers are assisted in their efforts with contingents of police and ex-military, their standards and commitment sadly fall below those of the rangers, and need better training.Many of the poachers come from countries bordering South Africa, namely Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, primarily to kill Rhinos and Elephants, and other endangered species. Some work independently while others belong to large criminal gangs.

It is a well-known fact that poverty is prevalent throughout the neighboring South African border regions, and many of them commit these acts to support their families for food and survival, and others just for the money.

Yet why is it that these cross border attacks on South African sovereign soil is not met with retaliatory action by the military? Isn’t this considered an act of wildlife terrorism? So, why are there no lasting security agreements between these Governments mentioned, to reduce the poaching epidemic and improve the living and working conditions in these areas, providing a deterrent and bringing social relief to would be poachers from entering other countries territory?Moving forward to the CITES convention, the South African government and Minister Molewa, having this global platform, will have a great opportunity to show their citizens and the international forum that they are serious about getting their own house in order, and repair many of these wildlife deceptions by using all resources at hand to protect their wildlife for the long term.Internally, the biggest priority for her and her government involves the critical Rhino situation. First and foremost, as the host chairperson, she has to negotiate within the CITES establishment to elevate the specie to Appendix 1. If the Rhino is to survive into the future then all parties have to stand together, putting petty turf war politics aside, and coping with the current set of realities in order to find a viable solution to this crisis! They cannot let bureaucracy and corruption stifle conservation in South Africa. Without follow-through, nothing will work and ultimately not only will Rhino become extinct, but other species will follow the same path.Also, as host Chairperson, it is her responsibility, together with John Scanlon to ensure that this convention is the most productive in terms of making successful policy with transparency and substance for all species that are threatened globally.

The biggest priority is to stop the continued global illicit trade of Wildlife and Bushmeat that is fueling corruption and conflict, destroying lives, and deepening poverty and inequality. This multi-billion dollar worldwide trade is not only a security issue, but an environmental issue, and a development issue to all countries. It is pushing vulnerable and endangered species toward extinction, in all of the continents!

If not addressed decisively by CITES and its partners in Law Enforcement, then this trade will continue to have significant national economic impacts.CITES should also address the overall lack of real success to reduce poaching and wildlife traffic globally, considering the millions of dollars invested in these projects over the past few years.

Various Governments, NGO’s, Law Enforcement, numerous ‘think tanks’, and conservation groups have long been working to close down trafficking syndicates, and bring their ‘kingpins’ to justice. Additionally, specialist groups are working to implement better protection for all endangered species, and to improve wildlife conservation in general.Yet with all these resources and ‘brain power’ available, why is it that year after year, no real success has been made to curtail the poaching and close down the syndicates, and save wildlife?

I appreciate there is a lot of good work done, but It is all well and good to give public speeches, and produce extensive reports highlighting the devastation of wildlife to the masses. But if the information cannot be acted upon by Law Enforcement and magistrates to exert pressure on the poachers/traffickers, to directly influence the level of poaching; and improve protection for the animals, then what really has been accomplished?Based on previous conventions, the CITES ‘hierarchy’ and its standing committees need to be more authoritative and to eliminate needless rhetoric and ‘tip toeing’ around important and sensitive issues, like China and Vietnam for example. Furthermore, it is vital that CITES operates in a way that promotes transparency and inclusive decision making.

It also needs to stop lobbyists and special interest groups who have connections with prominent members, manipulating important votes. It also needs to monitor closely the voting process within its membership, to stop the ‘you vote for me and I will vote for you’ concept. Without the right mechanisms to facilitate an open, clear and fair decision making process, it will undermine its ability to operate effectively.All concerned wildlife professionals, enthusiasts and conservationists; I believe are sick and tired of hollow speeches, bureaucracy, meaningless reports and now want affirmative action and solutions.If this does not happen, then what is the point of this convention!CITES leadership, its committees and its members, has the ultimate responsibility of safeguarding not only wildlife, but sea life, birds, plants, trees, on the planet for the foreseeable future!

Chapter two: South Africa Needs to Heed Security Warning Signs

The lack of border security throughout the Southern African region, should raise serious concerns as poachers can cross borders into the countries of either South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zimbabwe to kill Rhino’s, Elephants, and other wildlife with impunity and without detection!

The overriding concern should be if poaching syndicates can navigate their way across borders, what is stopping transnational terrorists doing the same, and inflicting devastating loss of life to innocent civilians in major cities within the region.In June of this year, the United States Government and the United Kingdom issued a travel advisory to travelers, warning of possible Islamic militant terrorist attacks on Johannesburg during Ramadan. Happily the threat did not materialize, but other countries were not as fortunate, as terrorist attacks were carried out around the globe with devastating results!

Two prominent African terrorist groups, ‘Boko Haram’ and ‘Al Shabaab’ and their affiliates who share similar goals as Isis and Al-Qaida, have carried out atrocities of their own on the continent over the last three years. Only last week, Islamic terrorists killed 17 people on the Mali/Mauretania border.Another security concern is the internal threat posed by the role of nationals from China, Vietnam, who work, live and operate businesses in the capital cities within the region. Asian criminal networks, often in collaboration with local political and economic elites, dominate the supply of raw ivory and Rhino horn out of Africa, and other criminal trades, such as arms and diamond smuggling, drugs and human trafficking.

According to recent reports by Julian Rademeyer, and by Traffic, the wildlife trade investigating agency for the CITES convention; both emphasized the growing number of Chinese, Vietnamese and North Korean nationals being arrested during illegal ivory seizures. There is also increasing evidence of direct Chinese involvement in ivory processing operations throughout Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.There is also a need to address external threats that undermine the ‘fabric’ of each country in the region. For example, China is systematically ‘plundering’ all regions of Africa not only of its valuable wildlife but of its minerals, diamonds and other prized resources.

As with every Mining and Engineering building project funded and built, primarily by China, Vietnam and North Korea; comes their Government Security and Intelligence agents to ‘supervise’ their work force and to make contacts with local influential people. Their activities are closely coordinated within their Embassies and Consulates, and for their covert operatives to recruit and gather data that would benefit their economic and political interests in the region.

They use many fronts, as high powered businessmen, bankers, scholars, and journalists to subvert and recruit agents inside that country. Considering Chinese and Vietnamese diplomats’ track record with ivory and diplomatic pouches, there has to be a distinct connection between them and the syndicates operating in each Southern African country.It makes the subversive’s job much easier, when the Governments of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and South Africa are not only unstable, but are some of the most corrupt countries in Africa. Their people’s standard of living especially in the border regions verges on the impoverished, as it is home to some of the world’s poorest people, where health issues, food shortages and high unemployment have become the norm.

According to the latest Transparency international, CPI Corruption Perception Index for 2015, it shows the following countries world index ratings by the country least corrupt, 1 being the best and 180 being the worst. Namibia is 45th, followed by South Africa at 61st, Zambia at 76th, with Mozambique at 112th and Zimbabwe at 150th not surprisingly!A summary of current wildlife poaching events throughout the region shows that Mozambique is now in crisis mode with powerful criminal syndicates with connections to the ruling Frelimo party elite is making life difficult for the current President Filipe Nyusi. After more than a year since he took office, he has yet to strengthen his control over National affairs and is undermined with a feeble judiciary, and ineffective military and police forces.

A catalog of wildlife incidents continues to plague the Government. Over 65 rhino horns and 340 tusks (170 elephants) were seized from the house of a Chinese citizen living in Maputo, the Mozambican capital. Soon after, ‘Thieves’ raided a police storeroom holding Mozambique’s largest ever haul of confiscated rhino horn and ivory, making off with 12 horns valued at about £700 000. Four state officials guarding the store were arrested on suspicion of aiding the theft.

Later, Kenyan airport authorities arrested a Vietnamese man carrying $82,000 worth of rhino horn between Mozambique and Hanoi when he was arrested on a stopover in Nairobi.The Zambian government acknowledges that Chinese ivory trafficking syndicates are embedded in the business community in the capital, Lusaka and other small towns in the Southern Province. They have evidence of the syndicates sending Zambian poachers into Zimbabwe, which is responsible for the spike in elephant deaths in the Zambezi region of Zimbabwe.

According to Zambian authorities, newly enforced stringent laws including anti-corruption and counter-poaching strategies have made it difficult for poachers to operate in Zambia, so they now cross into Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Namibia to kill elephants for ivory to feed the Chinese market in Zambia. The government has adopted paramilitary policing operations, which are being jointly implemented with aerial surveillance to protect its elephant populations in the Luangwa North and South game reserves.So far in 2016, at least 66 elephant tusks have been recovered from Zambian poachers during fourteen separate anti-poaching operations in Zimbabwe’s national parks in the Zambezi Valley, while numerous Zambian poachers have been shot dead in Zimbabwe since the beginning of the year. The Zimbabwe government of Richard Mugabe is selling their heritage of Elephants, Lions and other wildlife away to the Chinese Government allegedly to finance anti-poaching operations in Hwange National Park. Since we are talking about the one of the most corrupt Governments in Africa, how do we know what is true, since there is no audit trail to follow?According to figures released by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia has so far this year lost at least 79 rhinos to poaching, most of them being discovered in the Etosha National Park, and the river areas of the Kunene Region. The sad truth is that the black rhinos, of which 40% of the world’s surviving population is in Namibia, have in all likelihood been poached by the Omusati Clique and the Opuwyo syndicate which have links to Chinese smuggling rings in South Africa. The Kunene black rhinos are under grave threat from a deadly combination of corruption, a prolonged drought, multi-billion Chinese mining and construction ventures, and land-hungry communal cattle farmers, leading to the sharpest upsurge in rhino mortalities in 30 years. Poaching cases appear in court, but never include the real syndicate bosses and high-ranking Namibian political figures who are implicated in the black market sale of rhino horns and elephant tusks.In South Africa, so far this year, 520 Rhinos have been killed according to independent sources, many of them killed in the Kruger National Park. There are also an undetermined number of elephants that have been poached in the country, though the Government has no official figures or comments.It is blatantly obvious that there are two common denominators when reading each country’s wildlife brief and they are the names Chinese and Vietnamese!

Everyone involved in wildlife conservation understands that these countries and its nationals are at the top of the Trafficking pyramid. These ‘Kingpins’ are the brains involved in every facet of the major syndicate poaching operations, and the wildlife slaughter of all endangered species in the region.

So, why it is that these African Governments and Law Enforcement globally, does not take a more aggressive approach to address the root cause of the problem, when it is staring them in the face for the entire world to see!

Pressure needs to be exerted on the Chinese and the Vietnamese Governments by all International parties. If they are so sincere in cooperating with African Governments, CITES and wildlife agencies to reduce poaching and curtailing the wildlife trade, then let us see some definitive policies like transparency and substance in ordering all their embassy staff and government officials to take no further part in wildlife trafficking and the ivory and rhino trade?Southern African nations need to address the problem of unsecure borders first and foremost, then to address the criminal syndicates involved with poaching and trafficking throughout each country. There is an urgent need to go after all levels of the criminal networks; and to demonstrate they are serious in targeting and prosecuting these ‘Kingpins’ and closing down their trafficking operations.

It is accepted that no range country can resolve this problem unaided without major assistance from International Law Enforcement and possibly the United Nations, but the likes of Interpol, CITES, Customs and ASEAN-WEN can only be as effective as the country or countries they are working with!

I don’t presume to know the ideal solution to these problems, but for starters, I cannot understand why there is no real effort made between these African neighbors to start implementing combined police/military operations along their borders with liaison officers based in each country providing sound intelligence to the others on all poaching activities on a consistent basis?

How difficult would it be for all the regional countries to implement temporary emergency legislation to keep these high-level individuals in prison and refuse bail until their trial? Why couldn’t the United Nations propose international legislation to cover wildlife trafficking crimes, and get all the important ‘players’ to sign off on that?These Governments need to start showing strong leadership and credible solutions to their problems at both national and international levels. (Where is the Mandela’s of this generation?)

Their leaders have to stop accepting corruption as the norm, to make their countries more secure, eliminate corrupt political elites, and break down the ‘invisible walls’ of these crime syndicates that are destroying the infrastructure of each country.

The bottom line to all African leaders, how important is wildlife to your country and your heritage?

At the CITES convention, Government representatives have the ideal opportunity to show that it’s not what they can get out of the convention for their own interests, but are working collectively in the interests of wildlife to make positive changes!

Only time will tell, unfortunately at this stage, the picture does not look bright for all wildlife species, as drastic action is needed immediately to safeguard them, and time is not on their side!

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