Here’s an article for my Swedish followers, with a link to one of our major newspapers Dagens Nyheter which today highlights the fact that the opinions about how to handle the severe and on going poaching crises are very scattered from one African country to another.
Legal and regulated trade that provides vital income to poor countries – or a total prohibition of all handling of ivory and rhino horn is a main issue at the current COP17 meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this meeting world nation’s leaders meet to review the CITES agreement which regulates the international trade in endangered species; both animals and plats.
Its truly a good thing this issue gets put into the light because while this questions is being discussed in the board room the animals are dying rapidly. According to a new report that was released last week, 100,000 elephants have been killed by illegal poaching in Africa in only 10 years (2006-2015). Along with elephants one of the by poaching most threatened species is the rhino.
At the Ol Pejeta Concervancy in central Kenya, Sudan the last living male of rhinoceros species Northern White Rhino, graze the savannah. Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson