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THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE IS NOW THE
FOURTH LARGEST TRANS-
DRUGS, ARMS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ONE KILOGRAM OF RHINO HORNS
NOW MORE VALUABLE THAN
GOLD, COCAINE, HEROINE & DIAMONDS
MORE THAN 1200 RANGERS
KILLED ON THE FRONT LINES
IN THE LAST DECADE
On the 3rd March 1973, at the World Wildlife Conference in Washington D.C, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) was established with the objective of ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
The governments of 187 member countries have voluntarily ratified the treaty and agreed to adhere to the convention, which provides a framework in which individual countries adopt and implement their own domestic legislation to ensure the agreement is observed on a national level. This intervention has led proponents of a legalised trade of rhino horn to aggressively argue international trade bans have failed to protect South Africa’s rhinos, stripped the economy of potential revenue through the renewable sale of rhino horns, driven market activity underground allowing criminal syndicates to become entrenched in African society as well as sentencing thousands of rhinos during the last forty years of the convention to their deaths.
It is counterfactual for pro-
The reality is that, under closer scrutiny, pro-
SOUTH AFRICA’S RHINO POACHING TIMELINE
For thirty three consecutive years during the CITES ban, South Africa’s rhino poaching incidents remained negligible, due to a greater level of protection than other range country. Just 261 fatalities were officially recorded in statistics provided by the DEA (Department of Environment) over a 27 year period (1980-
LEGAL HORN TRADE: A RECKLESS GAMBLE?
Legalising trade of rhino horn would be a reckless path to take to try to end the rhino poaching crisis. The estimated level of demand for rhino horn is based on illegal trade – ignoring millions of potential consumers from countries that have implemented the CITES international trade ban – who would be eager to buy rhino horn products if it was legal to do so, as demand would be encouraged. Sales via the internet and TCM outlets worldwide would increase demand vastly too. READ THE FULL ARTCLE >
SYNDICATES, POACHING AND REGULATED TRADE
REGULATED TRADE OF RHINO HORN WILL NOT STOP POACHING AND TRAFFICKING AS LONG AS POWERFUL SYNDICATES OPERATE ABOVE THE LAW:
There are many powerful Syndicates and Triads operating in Africa and Asia that take advantage of the weak wildlife laws and high levels of corruption. They trade endangered species products that are trafficked from Africa, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to supply ever growing demand in insatiable markets across Asia. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >
SIR RICHARD BRANSON, DRUGS & RHINO HORN TRADE
Some people, who are advocating that both the domestic and international rhino horn bans should be lifted, are making some sweeping and wildly inaccurate statements about Sir Richard Branson. The posts that are being made on social media like Facebook, contain comments such as:
– There is huge support for Sir Richard Branson who is advocating the legalization of drugs.
– That Branson has called for the failed prohibition wars to be shut down.
– That Branson has called on the UN to put pressure on governments to end the war on drugs.
Branson’s views about ending poaching are also criticized, with those calling for trade saying that he will not help to save rhino. The twisted statements about Branson are being used in propaganda posts and blogs to try and get support for getting both the domestic and international bans lifted and promoting the sale of rhino horn. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >
IS THIS THE FUTURE FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S RHINOS?
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