No to Rhino Horn Trade!

Our most urgent campaign right now is to counter the propaganda that pro-traders (including the Department of Environmental Affairs)
are waging in order to succeed with a proposal to trade horn at CITES in 2016.

A report by the wildlife crime monitoring agency TRAFFIC in 2012 described the situation in South Africa as:
“A potent mix of some unscrupulous wildlife professionals, some corrupt government officials, together with hardened Asian criminal
syndicates has converged to create the “perfect storm” for wreaking havoc on the country’s rhino populations”

History of previous proposals South Africa made at cities regarding the trade in Rhino Horn:

1981 First proposal by South Africa for trade – Rejected
1989 Second proposal to trade – Rejected
1992 Late submission – Rejected
1994 Proposal to trade live animals – accepted with restrictions as per annotation 503: Ceratotherium simum simum
*(population of South Africa, for the trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations and hunting trophies only)
– THE PROPOSAL WAS REJECTED (but annotation allowed)
1997 Despite promises to the contrary, at the next CoP10 SA proposed TRADE IN HORN when they proposed an amendment
to annotation ° 503 for trade in parts and derivatives but with a zero export quota – Rejected
2016 ?? South Africa wans to propose again. Will they succeed this time? It’s up to us to make sure they don’t.

No to canned Lion hunting and commmercialisation of endangered species

Wild and Free SA has volunteered to organise the GLOBAL MARCH FOR LION for the city of Durban on the 15th March 2014.

Currently there are about 9 000 wildlife farms registered in South Africa.
In addition, there are many unregistered farms and private reserves, bringing the area under “private conservation”, with no oversight or accountability, to some 25 per cent of the country’s total land area.

Unfortunately the wildlife industry in South Africa has a terrible reputation for animal abuses and none worse than what is being perpetrated on its lion population, especially with regard to the canned lion industry that sees baby cubs wrenched from their mothers, suffer through the cub petting stage and then used for “walking with lions” type of tourism gimmicks only to die as an adult due to being hunted or killed for its bones to be sold to the Far East.

Due to the power and influence of the wildlife ranches and hunters this is , to our shame, perfectly legal in our country, please help us to change the laws.

Rewards for information

Police contact details SMS tip-offs to 32211 or CALL 08600 10111


Did you know?

If you assist in bringing an environmental criminal to justice, a court imposing a fine for an environmental crime may order that an amount of up to a quarter of the fine has to be paid to the person whose evidence led to the conviction. (Section 34B of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998)


Rhinos on a wildlife ranch utilized for Rhino Horn
harvesting by being dehorned regularly – despite
the fact that Rhino Horn trade is currently illegal.



Forced from her mother soon after birth, having
endured the cub petting mill and
after being hunted in an enclosure, finally,
her bones will be sold to Asia for lion bone wine.