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Stop Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Stop Rhino Poaching in South Africa

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This petition has been created by Sunette F. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Sunette F.
started this petition to
Jacob Zuma, President South Africa,
Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, Min of Defense, SA

Rhinos are majestic, docile animals that have walked the earth for millions of years. Yet 1004 rhinos were murdered in South Africa in 2013. This year (January 2014 - December 2014), 1 020 rhinos have been brutally killed in SA for their horns. Some were left alive (like the rhino in the picture) after their horns were hacked off, to die a slow death. This is unacceptable!!

See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dhjH-XX7uA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxoEW4IEUTM&feature=youtu.be

Poachers invade the country from Mozambique and they sell the horns on the black market. Rhino horn is keratin (same as your finger nails), but some eastern cultures use it for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes or as an investment.

The South African Government must deploy the defense force to protect the rhinos. Rhinos are South African citizens - they deserve protection!

If the SA Government cannot protect our rhinos, they must ask President Obama to send the marines - the British army sent paratroopers to combat poaching in Kenya, South Africa should ask America for help!