Illegal poaching of animals like rhinos and elephants (for their horns and ivory) is growing at an alarming rate in Africa right now--even to the point where the gruesome practice is being questioned as security threat to the US. (These crimes are becoming such an issue that Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama intend to discuss the subject with regional leaders in their Asia trip next week.)
Luckily, more governments are recognizing this proliferating problem. A South African court recently sentenced Chumlong Lemtongthai to a record 40 years in prison for his leading role in international rhino poaching. But charges against his equally despicable cohort, game farmer Marnus Steyl, were withdrawn with Lemtongthai's guilty plea.
PLEASE take a moment with this quick petition to reinstate criminal charges against Steyl. None of these animals have any way to defend themselves; we must educate the public and protect these animals through policies that are actually enforced by high-level arrests and convictions. Once these animals are gone, they're gone for good.