President of South Africa President Jacob Zuma Union Buildings Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 Telephone: +27 (0)12 300 5200 Fax: +27 (0)12 323 8246 Mr. John Macfarlane Sellar Chief of Enforcement CITES Secretariat Maison Internationale de l'Environnement Chatelaine-Geneva, Switzerland 1219 Tel: +41-229178293 Dear Mr. President, Dear Sir, The Leopard is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, and the sale or possession of its parts is illegal in South Africa. The leopard is also listed as "near threatened" by the International Union Conservation of Nature- and the sale or possession of its parts is illegal in South Africa. Yet thousands of leopard skins are showing up and being used as essential attire for religious ceremonies, threatening the leopard with extinction. 150 leapards may be legally poached, but thousands are openly traded at church gathering with no law enforcement. Stop the illegal slaughter of leopards imediately, and replace the leopards skin with fake fur. Sincerely, NAME STATE COUNTRY SOURCE: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/16/world/africa/leopards-shembe-south-africa/index.html
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