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Animals Asia is opposed to the development of rhino-breeding operations in China to supply rhino horn for the traditional medicine trade.
In June 2011, TIME magazine revealed details of plans to import white rhinos into China and breed them for their horns to be used in traditional medicine. A TIME reporter uncovered plans by an ammunitions company to sell and market rhino-horn pills, with an aim to generate a US$60 million profit annually. Read the report here
Information published in July 2010 on a rhino conservation blog indicates that China is already farming rhinos in China’s Hainan and Yunnan provinces.
The demand for rhino horn continues to fuel a rhino-poaching spree in southern Africa, which has seen the number of animals illegally killed in South Africa alone rise to more than 333 in 2010 and shows no signs of abating.
The supply of rhino horn from farmed rhinos onto the open market is predicted to lead to an increased demand for rhino-horn products and further threaten wild populations. Buyers have no way of distinguishing farmed rhino horn from the horn taken from poached animals, meaning poached rhino horn can easily be “laundered” as farmed horn.
The breeding and farming of rhinos for the traditional medicine industry is in direct contravention of Chinese national and international laws.
Animals Asia is opposed to the farming of rhinos and the use of all endangered species in traditional medicine, regardless of whether the animal has died a natural death, was raised on a farm or slaughtered in the wild.
What you can do
Animals Asia never underestimates the power of the written word, and while a single letter or email may not seem like much, the collective expression of many people's opinions can help bring about real change.
We urge you to do all that you can to encourage the Chinese government to:
close the current rhino breeding operations;
prevent the development of further breeding establishments;
prevent the import of rhinos unless the importer can prove the animals will not be used for the commercial production of rhino horn;
implement public awareness campaigns aimed at reducing demand for rhino horn in traditional medicine;
support measures to safeguard wild rhino populations in Africa.
Please write a polite letter to the Chinese Ambassador and send it to the main embassy address in your country. Embassy addresses can be found here
For further details please see our position paper.
Never underestimate the power of letters. We encourage you to send a letter to the relevant government or organisation concerned, from your own email address. We believe that sending it from your personal account has a greater impact on the recipient than receiving multiple emails sent through our website.
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