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Last year actor Joaquin Phoenix launched a campaign aimed at saving rhinos and the people who protect them from being poached – and help is still needed for the campaign to reach its target.

The initiative, launched by the International Anti-Poaching Foundation [IAPF] has a goal of $150,000 – and is almost half way.

According to the group, the situation is dire, with rhino poaching growing by 7000 percent since 2007.

Anti-poaching activists have been attacked with around 1,000 being killed, their homes raided, and a ‘campaign of terror’ carried out by gangs with suspected links to poaching.

‘Warriors’

In his video appeal, Phoenix says: “I’d just like to send a message of hope to all the anti-poaching warriors defending rhino and nature in Mozambique.

“You’ve been violently attacked in your homes, in front of your families, for doing what you believe in.

“Please don’t give up – and know that the world is behind you.”

Rhinos are under threat

‘Unacceptable’

IAPF founder Damien Mander added: “These rangers are running a successful anti-poaching operation in southern Africa and are now being targeted in their homes, in front of their families. 

“This is unacceptable. We need to demonstrate as a global community…we need to make a stand.

“We need to increase our efforts.”

You candonate to the appeal here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.