Rhinos Under Threat2012-06-18 at 11:32 am Blog RSS
The film investigates what is driving the demand for rhino horn in Asia and the powerful measures being taken by national authorities to fight this crime. The film graphically illustrates the impact that illegal killing of rhino and trading in rhino horn is having on the survival of the species in the wild and on the people who rely upon the rhino for their livelihoods.
From the massive parks in South Africa and Swaziland, to the crowded streets of Hanoi in Viet Nam, the film shows the brutality of the current spike in illegal killing and the impact it is having on local communities. « If the current trends in illegal killing continue, we will drive the rhino, this iconic species, to extinction in the wild » said Mr John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General.
« We need to work together at national and international levels to stop the poaching, stop the smuggling and stop the consuming. It will be tough, but if we manage to work together, we will win this fight », he added. It is clear that the increased levels of rhino poaching and rhino horn thefts has an impact on several continents and that a well coordinated law enforcement response, as well as high-level political responses, will be required to effectively addresses this trend.
Produced and directed by Andrew Martin CITES/UNTV.
With 175 Member States, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora) remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora. CITES regulates international trade in close to 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment.
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