Yes, trade horn, but
A rhino is dehorned by a veterinary surgeon and rangers to prevent poaching at the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. South Africa loses hundreds of rhinos a year to illegal horn trade as high demand for rhino horn in the illegal market triggers an unprecedented poaching crisis. It is often the case that opportunity and benefit arise out of adversity, however horrible the circumstance might be.
I’m convinced we have a real chance to stem this poaching slaughter by lifting this ban and by doing so turn it to our advantage – and in more ways than one. But for those who share my optimism (and there are now a great many of you) I have to calm myself – and inform you too! Getting sufficient countries to agree with lifting this ban is one thing.
Implementing this trade is another. Let me recall the broad thesis behind trading rhino horn.
If we can satisfy the global demand for this commodity in a legal (as an internationally certified commodity) and sustainable way, then it is likely that the colossal value presently attached to this commodity – about $70 000 plus (R700 000) per kg – from poaching these animals, will drop. And with this devaluation, it is anticipated that the intensity of poaching will also drop.
But I remind you it will need two-thirds of the countries that are signatories to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (Cites) to agree to effectively allow us to conserve an endangered animal for profitable purposes. It also demands that these signatory governments enact laws in their own countries to ensure this trade is as foolproof as possible.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily News