Asia-based Wildlife Activists Call for End to Rhino Horn Trade




BANGKOK, September 22 - Today, on World Rhino Day, a coalition of Asia-based conservation groups calls on the public to stop purchasing rhino horn and to support wildlifeprotection efforts. Rhino poaching has reached a crisis point. They are now extinct in Vietnam, and remaining populations, especially in South Africa, are being poached faster than they can reproduce. If we don’t take action now, wild rhinos will be extinct by 2020.

Members of the USAID-funded “ARREST” coalition (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) launched new awareness raising activities in China, Thailand, and Vietnam where illegal trade in endangered rhino horn continues to be a serious issue.

These activities include:

• A short social networking video calling on the public to stop buying rhino horn produced by ARREST partners. English Vietnamese

• Large framed posters about rhino conservation for Government offices, produced by the Biodiversity Conservation Agency of Vietnam;

• New Public Service Announcements by Vietnamese celebrities witnessing first hand the result of rhino poaching, produced by the organization ENV-Vietnam; • A new phone app that helps identify rhino horn and other endangered species, and report infractions to law enforcement officials. WildScanApp.org • A growing number of e-commerce companies continue to be enlisted by IFAW to ban the trade of rhino horn online and in auctions in China. The USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Program, is a coalition of partners working to end the rhino poaching and consumption crisis as part of a broader strategy to combat the illegal wildlife trade which involves reducing consumer demand, strengthening law enforcement, and enhancing regional cooperation and anti-trafficking networks such as the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (WEN).

Stop Extinction - Don’t buy, trade or consume rhino products.

For more information, contact:

Freeland

Nick Laidlaw

Director of Communications

E: nick@freeland.org

T: +662 254 8321

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