NGO fights for rhinos

Emse Mohr, Alexia 'Lex' Abnett, founder of Southern African Fight for Rhinos campaign, and Tracy King.

What would happen if we woke up one day to a South Africa where rhinos were no more?

This was the question asked by the founder of Southern Africa Fight for Rhino Alexia ‘Lex’ Abnett.

Ten years ago Abnett dedicated her life to saving rhinos and educating people about the importance of preserving their heritage, which she said was in great danger.

Abnett was at Blue Valley Mall at The Reeds on Saturday 2 June to collect signatures against the ruling that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Government would allow trade in rhino horn.

“We need more signatures for our petition,” she said.

“It is sad that a newspaper would run a story about a beauty queen who will be visiting an overseas country but they would not publish a story about a mother rhino who was brutally killed by poachers,” said Abnett.

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Abnett said it was through the media that she and other activists could reach out to the people.

“People need to know about what is happening in their everyday lives. They need to know that rhinos are killed by people who are greedy and corrupted,” she said.

The 17th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties to (CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Abnett will be handing over the petition at this meeting.

The next petition launch will be held at the Damdoryn Spar IN Hartebespoort Dam. It will start at 10 am until 3 pm.

Also read: 

Rhinos poached at Rietvlei reserve

Positive plans to save the rhino population

Man walks from Nylstroom to Cape Town for rhinos

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