September 10, 2013
What Others are Saying About Rhinos and the Endangered Species Act
Environmental Investigation Agency
"We are in the midst of a global poaching crisis which demands much greater protection for rhinos. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to now add protection for the southern white rhino under the Endangered Species Act is a most welcome and important move to help thwart this crisis.” - Allan Thornton, President, Environmental Investigation Agency.
Humane Society of the United States
"International criminal poaching syndicates are driving rhinos into extinction," said Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D., director of the wildlife department at Humane Society International, the global affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. "The United States must do everything it can to protect rhinos and strengthen enforcement where it can to address this poaching crisis.”
International Fund for Animal Welfare
“The southern white rhino could become one of our greatest conservation success stories, having rebounded from the brink of extinction in the last century – but these amazing animals still have a long way to go, and poaching and habitat loss are threatening to undo all of the gains we’ve made. As rhinos throughout Africa continue to be hammered by the illegal wildlife trade, more protections for this species under the US Endangered Species Act are needed and welcomed.” Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
World Wildlife Fund
"WWF supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to bring southern white rhinos under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Poaching of this subspecies is at the highest levels ever recorded, and illegal rhino horn trade threatens rhino populations throughout Asia and Africa. Through its actions today, the U.S. has ensured greater scrutiny of the movement of rhino products and allowed for more efficient enforcement efforts to eradicate illegal rhino trade.” - Leigh Henry, Senior Policy Advisor, World Wildlife Fund.