KK Talk – “Ivory, Horn and Blood” on Monday, 10th Mar 2014

L1160220Abstract: Ivory, Horn and Blood – Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis

Ten years ago, 4 out of every 10 African elephants that died were killed by poachers. Today, that figure is 8 out of 10.  Sixty percent of Africa’s Forest Elephants, amounting to tens of thousands of animals, have been slaughtered in the last decade.

The global ivory trade is back with a vengeance. Ruthless militias from the Lord’s Resistance Army to Al-Shabaab buy their weapons with the proceeds of “blood ivory”. Organized crime syndicates control the movement of ivory and rhino horn from Africa to Asia. World leaders have condemned the trade as a threat not just to wildlife, but to global security.

Rhinoceroses are also being slaughtered throughout their ranges, in part in the mistaken belief that their horns can cure cancer. In South Africa, home to 80% of the world’s surviving rhinos, rhino poaching has soared to feed newly affluent markets in Vietnam and elsewhere. Driven by this growing market in the Far East, horn prices now rival those for cocaine. South Africa’s poaching toll has soared from no more than 36 per year between 1990 and 2007 to over 1000 animals in 2013.  The Vietnamese one-horned  and Western black rhinoceroses are already extinct, and the Northern white rhinoceros has been reduced to seven animals, all in captivity.

Internal wars in Africa and increasing worldwide demand fuel the poaching crisis. Lawlessness, political instability, lack of resources, easy access to weapons and dire poverty all play a part.  Over the past ten years more than 700 rangers have been killed by poachers in Africa and Asia.

The trafficking of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn has far reaching implications, not only for these endangered species, but also for the human victims of a worldwide surge in organised crime, corruption and violence.  In Ivory, Horn & Blood, Ronald Orenstein tells a story of an international environmental, social and economic disaster – and what, with the proper commitment, we can do to stop it.

Come and listen to this very interesting talk by Dr. Ronald Orenstein on his newly published book entitled “Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis”.

It will be held here tonight at The Seretariat at 7.30pm.

For more information, kindly please contact us at 088 – 250 443

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