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.
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Finding Solutions to Wildlife / Human Conflict

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)
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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 trophies that have been taxidermied for export. The likes of Dawie Groenewald, Hugo […]
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Southern African Fight for Rhino – South Africa needs to heed security warning signs

This is our fight now! Toggle navigation SAFFR Facebook Twitter Gallery Contact Events Raffles Coffee Break Media 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 […]
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