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Help stop rhino slaughter

Posted: 7 February 2013. Updated: 18 March 2013

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  • UPDATE: The European Commission has responded to our joint letter which called on them to ensure that rhino conservation was high on the agenda during Free Trade Agreement talks with Vietnam. Read their response

Rhino poaching is at its highest level for 20 years and three of the five species of rhino are now classified as critically endangered.

In Vietnam, rhino horn is being openly sold as cure for cancer and hangovers with the price now exceeding that of gold. Hundreds of horns have also been imported, most illegally, from South Africa by Vietnamese trophy hunters.

With the European Commission due to hold Free Trade Agreement talks with Vietnam, ADI has joined with other animal protection and conservation groups calling on the EU Commissioner for Trade to ensure that rhino conservation is high on the agenda.

You can help!

  • Contact the Vietnamese Embassy urging them to take steps to eliminate the sale of rhino horn. For contact details of the Vietnamese Embassy where you live click here
  • To view the joint letter click here
  • Urge your CITES representative to do all they can to ensure that rhinos are protected

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is a legally binding treaty (international law), an agreement between governments regulating international trade of endangered and protected species. Each Party to the Convention designates one or more Management Authorities in charge of administering the rules and one or more Scientific Authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the status of the species. In the UK, the CITES authority is the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and in the US, it is the US Fish & Wildlife Department (USFW). The government representative of the Parties to CITES meets every three years at their Conference of the Parties (COP) to discuss and vote on changes to the international law on wild animal and plant trade. The next COP will be held in Bangkok (Thailand), 3-14 March 2013

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