|Remarks by Consul General Wang Jianzhou at the Handover Ceremony of the Fund donated by the Chinese Community to Thula Thula Game Reserve|
Managing Director of Thula Thula Game Reserve,
Members of the anti-poaching team,
Rangers and security of wildlife,
Chiefs of the local community,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased to come back to Thula Thula Game Reserve and meet you.
My last visit to Thula Thula is still fresh in my very happy memory. On April 8th, 2016, at the invitation of Francoise, and accompanied by the officials from the provincial and Durban Municipal governments and representatives of the Durban Chinese community, I visited the Thula Thula Game Reserve for the first time. For me, that trip was a study tour; it was an experience very educational and unforgettable. The visit has helped me to have a better knowledge about the wildlife conservation in
After the visit, I thought I should do something to help protect these lovely wild animals. It was my belief that the elephants and rhinos in Thula Thula not only belong to Thula Thula and
We have an old Chinese teaching, which I quote: "Do not fail to do good even if it's small; do not engage in evil even if it's small", so in my view, protecting the wild lives is good, poaching is evil. No matter how small and humble the good may be, we must do it, and no matter how small the evil is, we must not do it, and we must stop people doing it. Today we are here to do something good, though it may be small. I learned in the newspaper, in supply chain, the value of rhino horn shoots up to R135000 per kilogram, so the amount of money we are donating here is just about the value of one kilogram rhino horn.
Early this month, we had our traditional Chinese Moon Festival celebration in
Cherishing other living beings is cherishing human beings ourselves. All living beings in the world are the children of Mother Nature; they live under the same blue sky and should live in peace. Human being's crazy and greedy killing of other beings can cause nature's merciless retaliation on human beings.
Two days ago in Beijing, Chinese president Xi Jinping, while delivering his report at the Chinese Communist's Party's 19th Congress, which attracts world attention, announced among others the Chinese government's policy on building an ecological civilization, he said man and nature form a community of life; we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways, and protect it, any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunts us. He said the modernization China wants to achieve is the new model of modernization with humans developing in harmony with nature; we should cherish the environment as we cherish our own lives, implement our fundamental national policy of conserving resources and protecting the environment, build a beautiful China and play our part in ensuring global ecological security.
The Chinese government attaches importance to protecting its wildlife.
The Chinese government adopts a consistent and firm position on the protection of endangered wildlife such as elephant and rhino. As a contracting party to CITES,
The Chinese Government has been relentlessly firm in the combat against the illegal trade of endangered wild species and wildlife products.
We Chinese people have a very close relationship with wildlife and animals. You may all know that we have 12 zodiac animals, each governing a year's fortune. Therefore every Chinese is associated with the zodiac representing his or her year of birth. And in my hometown village, I have a relative family, there are five brothers in that family, they are my father's generation. The five brothers are respectively given the name of Golden elephant, Golden lion, Golden tiger, Golden leopard and Golden dragon. They are the big fives of our big family, almost equivalent to the big five of
I remember I have also told Francoise at my home last year that I have a good friend who quitted his job in China and came to the African continent to help protect the wildlife, he had been working in Kenya looking after the lions there, he changed his name into Simba so that he could get along well with the lions. He is now a famous champion of the protection of wildlife in
What I told just now is something about wildlife protection in