John Hume and RhinoDotCom would like to hereby thank Minister Edna Molewa and all at the DEA, as well as all relevant advisers and confidants who have considered and opted for a proposal to legalise trade in rhino horn. We know and appreciate the levels of work, commitment and courage that it has taken to reach this conclusion in the face of our relentless and volatile poaching crisis.
We support the decision wholeheartedly and feel that it is a pro-active step in addressing the root cause of the poaching problem.
We would also like to thank all those who are currently fighting the poaching on the ground and all those in national parks and on private land who are doing everything they can to keep our rhinos protected, breeding and happy. We applaud your bravery.
We offer our sincere condolences to all those who have lost rhinos to poachers – witnessing such a heartless and brutal act is something that will never be forgotten. Every poached rhino death has been a wasteful, unnecessary, tragic event.
We salute those who don’t own rhinos but who care about these events and we know that a nation mourns alongside us, as our rhinos fall.
We will continue to offer our full support and co-operation to the DEA in their proposal build-up to CITES CoP17.
We hope that the various and numerous rhino groups in the country will follow suit and step up to join us in fighting for our rhinos and supporting the government’s decision. Ultimately, we all have the conservation of our rhinos at heart and together, we can ensure that rhinos throughout the world are guaranteed a future.
A special thank you goes out to all our supporters and correspondents – your voices have kept us going through some very gloomy days.
Follow this link to read Minister Edna Molewa’s press briefing