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So today the world will decide whether a tiny country in Africa, struggling to save its rhino from poaching will put forward its proposal to save the rhino. Will the world listen? Why would they take the risk of the scorn and ridicule that is heaped on all that don't toe the line on anti-trade? RhinoAlive investigates. #rhinoalive #letstalkrhino #CITES #rhinopoaching #rhino ... See MoreSee Less

RhinoAlive investigates why a small country like Swaziland (with less than 100 rhinos) asked for legal rhino horn trade where South Africa (with about 15000 ...

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A group of CITES delegates made the trip to John Hume's Rhino breeding facility to see for themselves....First to the orphanage where the vetinary nurse explained their refreshing approach - put calves with other calves of their own age if possible or a sheep 'mother' if not so that they do not imprint on humans and integrate back into rhino 'society' much easier. The rhinos' welfare is the sole focus here - no egotrips for paying volunteers! Then in the all purpose truck to the rhino feeding area - nothing like the feedlot conditions the anti-traders tell audiences exist! Thanks to John and Albina Hume for their hospitality and giving us unfettered access to their staff who certainly 'told it like it is'!
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A group of CITES delegates made the trip to John Humes Rhino breeding facility to see for themselves....First to the orphanage where the vetinary nurse explained their refreshing approach - put calves with other calves of their own age if possible or a sheep mother if not so that they do not imprint on humans and integrate back into rhino society much easier. The rhinos welfare is the sole focus here - no egotrips for paying volunteers! Then in the all purpose truck to the rhino feeding area - nothing like the feedlot conditions the anti-traders tell audiences exist! Thanks to John and Albina Hume for their hospitality and giving us unfettered access to their staff who certainly told it like it is!

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Avril Andre Vd MerweI would definitely support their organisation. All in the purpose of saving the Rhino and doing the de- Horning under vetinary guidance. Only allowing the animal to live longer and enjoy their freedom.

5 months ago   ·  10
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Rodney GenricksThe more people who go and see what John and Albina have achieved the better

5 months ago   ·  10
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Jannie SwartKeep up the great work you doing for rhino's John and Albina.

5 months ago   ·  4
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Richard HumeLiane Liane Godfrey

5 months ago   ·  1
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Sandra Heasman VanderwaltWell done John and Albina Hume. We are so proud of you. Your work is highly underrated and highly unappreciated, and highly misunderstood. The future of #rhino on this planet rests solely in.Your hands. I wish the world would wake UP!!

5 months ago   ·  4
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Albina HumeThank you very much, Avril, Rodney, Jannie, Sandra for your kind support. Much appreciated 🙏🏻.

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Alan JackSo if I understand it correctly, the calves are NOT orphans that need to be segregated but as it is really a breeding farm the calve is removed so that the cow can come into season earlier this increasing the numbers bread. Of course they dont need volunteers as they dont care about the needs of the young rhino that typically stay with their mothers 15 months to 2 years in the wild. Lets rather create the myth that these people are really concerned for animal welfare. Look at the lovely grazing the rhino have........ Oh yes it is non existant. It is a feed lot! The Hulmes went to court to overturn a law on local trade. They won this ( judge clearly demented or suddenly wealthy not sure which) however the poaching has increased. Some people are gullible, I just hope that they look into the propaganda myths and realize that this is a multi billion rand scam to sell product that has no real value other than what has been created by a sophisticated marketing ploy. Create demand from a product not fit for purpose and the masses will get interested. The incidence of the product use in the far east to its current extent has been fueled by crime syndicates. Rhino was nearly extinct in the 60's not because of medicinal use but because big game hunters with small penises and a need for testosterone boost, came to shoot the animals. Just compare the numbers of killed animals in the past to the last 15 years. When did the Humes get involved? Well it makes me think not is is rosy in Rome!

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Rhino AliveAlan, I suggest you consider visiting a few private rhino reserves to hear about some of the direct challenges these guys are facing every day. Whether or not you agree with John Hume's endeavours, he is not the only person who stands to gain from a legal international trade in rhino horn. I have been told by a prominent anti-trade proponent and private rhino owner that if trade in horn was legal, they would sell their rhino horn to continue protecting their rhinos! I have no doubt that most private rhino owners would agree.

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Rhino AliveFurthermore, our national parks would benefit by selling horn stockpiles and it would afford currently marginalised communities the opportunity to derive their own direct benefits by following the very successful Community-Based Natural Resource Management principles currently underway in Namibia.

5 months ago   ·  2
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Rhino AliveRodney is correct that rhino calves are definitely not taken away from their mothers at John Hume's breeding facilities unless it is necessary for their survival. I can also reassure you that the indigenous grasslands of the facilities have actually recovered under John's management and that veld condition surveys are undertaken annually by an independent expert. The reserve is made up of former cattle ranches which were severely overgrazed so this veld recovery is a gigantic win for conservation!

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Rhino AliveFinally, keep in mind that every single one of the rhinos in private hands is a prime candidate for reintroduction to their range states or for re-stocking national reserves as: a) their horns grow back in a few short years b) they do not imprint or become dependent on humans for food and will immediately graze naturally. Unfortunately, until viable and sustainable solutions are found for the poaching crisis, rhinos in private hands are very much safer than those in national parks or their former range states.

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