Online video targets key trade market as poaching levels rise
WildAid and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) are launching their “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign in Vietnam and China with graphic footage. The public service message, titled “The Sickening Truth,” is currently being shared online only and carries a warning since it contains explicit video of a rhino that was left for dead after her horn and a large portion of her face were brutally hacked off.
I received an email this morning from a friend, conservationist, and photographer, Alex Hofford of MyOcean, telling me that another airline announced it would no longer carry shark fins as cargo! Alex is based in Hong Kong, the shark fin capital of the world and has been busily getting the word out about disrupting the shark fin supply chain; experiencing quite a few successes this year.
In barely a week, Kenyan officials in the port town of Mombasa seized two shipments of ivory weighing more than 4.5 tons combined (Kenya Seizes More Smuggled Ivory Destined for Malaysia, July 9, Reuters). It is estimated that the ivory is the result of hundreds of poached elephants; some suspected to be over 50 years old based on their tusk size. To put this in perspective, an estimated 25,000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory.