Should the Rhino Horn Trade be legalised? Debate at Royal Institute London Tomorrow!

Should the Rhino Horn Trade be legalised? Debate at Royal Institute London Tomorrow!

2nd August 2016

If you are in London tomorrow evening, we reckon you should head down to the Royal Society to witness this controversial debate hosted by Pulse Films between two giants of the Rhino Conservation world.

The Motion: “This house believes that the global trade of rhino horn should be legalised.”

Join the debate at: The Royal Institution (21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS) 7pm, August 3rd With the world’s largest private rhino breeder, John Hume, and the president of the Born Free Foundation, Will Travers OBE. Moderated by Ecologist and Author Dr. Craig Packer.

Buy Tickets here - using  this 50% discount code : RHINO123

John Hume runs the world’s largest private rhino breeding operation. In the past 24 years he has bred 944 rhinos and spent $100 million dollars of his own funds to save the rhino for future generations. John is guardian to 1,400 rhinos following his dream to help create a better future for their survival. His ambition is to breed 200 rhinos a year to prevent the extinction of this endangered African specie. 
 
As a passionate pro-rhino activist, John calls for an end of the war on trade in rhino horn that has only resulted in illegal trade and killing of rhinos and also people in Africa. He advocates for legalisation of trade in rhino horn – a renewable product – to help create harmony between African people and their natural heritage. 
In May 2016, South Africa lifted its ban on the rhino horn trade.

TOMORROW -on Wednesday August 8th, John Hume will fly to London from South Africa to argue his case against the Global President of the Born Free Foundation, Will Travers OBE, at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. 
With Born Free, Will Travers has dedicated his life to ending the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife – including highly endangered species – in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. 

The debate begins at 7pm at the Royal Institution (21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS) and will be moderated by author and ecologist Dr. Craig Packer. 

Link to tickets

Please use this code RHINO123 to get 50% discount on your ticket

 

A BIT MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

 

WILL TRAVERS OBE - President and CEO of Born Free Foundation,

President of Born Free USA

Will Travers has dedicated his life to wildlife issues, ever since he lived with

his family in Kenya while his parents, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers,

made the film Born Free (1966). In 1984, he co-founded the charitable

organisation which has become known as The Born Free Foundation

(www.bornfree.org.uk).

Will is also President of Born Free USA (www.bornfreeusa.org), a

national animal advocacy non-profit 501©(3) organization, which aims to end

the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need,

protect wildlife – including highly endangered species – in their natural

habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. He is the

President of the Species Survival Network (SSN) (www.ssn.org) an

international coalition of more than 80 organizations committed to the

promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of the Convention on

International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

and represents the Species Survival Network at CITES Conference of the

Parties meetings. Will was awarded an OBE for Services to Conservation and Animal Welfare, in the Queen’s

Birthday Honours in June 2012. He has helped create a strategic global framework for wild great ape

conservation (GRASP), he is a Fellow of the RGS, a member of the IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist

Group, served on the UK Government’s Zoo Forum (1998-2002) and is a member of the Special Forces Club.

He is a regular contributor to national and international press publications, radio and TV and other media and is

often called upon to speak at events such as the Sir Peter Scott Debate, Wildscreen and the Library of Congress.

Follow @willtravers and @bffoundation

 

JOHN HUME

John Hume is a South African property developer who at the age

of 50 became a pioneer in establishing the world’s largest private

rhino breeding operation. In the past 24 years he has bred 944

rhinos and spent $100 million dollars of his own funds to save the

rhino for future generations.

John is guardian to 1,400 rhinos following his dream to help

create a better future for their survival. His ambition is to breed

200 rhinos a year to prevent the extinction of this endangered

African species.

As a passionate pro-rhino activist, John calls for an end of the war on trade in rhino horn that has only resulted

in illegal trade and killing of rhinos and also people in Africa. He advocates for legalisation of trade in rhino

horn – a renewable product – to help create harmony between African people and their natural

heritage. http://www.rhinoalive.com/

 

CRAIG PACKER - MODERATOR

Craig Packer is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in

the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the

University of Minnesota. He first went to East Africa in 1972 as a

field assistant to Jane Goodall and returned to Gombe in 1974-75 to

conduct his PhD research on olive baboons. After a brief study of

Japanese macaques in Hakusan National Park, he returned to

Tanzania in 1978 to head the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Lion

Projects. His book, “Into Africa,” won the John Burroughs Medal

in 1995, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and

Sciences in 2003. Over the past dozen years, he has served as an official member of the Tanzanian Delegation

to CITES, founded an NGO to measure the effectiveness of Foreign Aid projects in rural Africa, and advised the

American and British governments on sport hunting. He has published over 150 scientific papers, and his new

book, “Lions in the Balance: Man-eaters, manes and men with guns,” was published in Sept. 2015. He has

recently shifted his research program to South Africa after being banned from Tanzania for exposing corruption

in the hunting industry.

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