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Should rhino horn trade be legalised?

Today is World Environment Day, the theme – illegal wildlife trafficking.  Whether or not to legalise the trade in rhino horn has been one of the hottest controversies surrounding the poaching crisis.  The South African government has backed off plans to seek the legalisation of an international horn trade later this year at the CITES convention, […]

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Save the Rhino dismay at horn trade ruling

Rhino conservationists have reacted with alarm and dismay to a South African High Court ruling that lifts a ban on domestic trade of rhino horn within the country. Judge Francis Legodi today struck down the moratorium on domestic trade imposed by the South African government in 2009, saying the government had failed to properly consult […]

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Legal horn trade debate produces heat – and light

The world rallied to the global financial crisis and the ebola crisis; they need to rally to the current global poaching crisis. Fierce debate over legalising the trade in rhino horn has split South Africa’s conservation lobby in recent months. Now a groundbreaking debate on the issue, held recently in Cape Town, has paved the […]

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Legalising horn trade: a rhino breeder’s view

The campaign to legalise trade in rhino horn as a potential solution to the poaching epidemic has gained a lot of traction in recent months, most recently with a paper written by leading environmental scientists in the journal Science calling for the move, and indications that regulations to allow the trade may be tabled at […]

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Agony and Ivory

The demand for ivory has soared in recent years with illegal traders cashing in despite the availability of legally traded products, the executive director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) Mary Rice warned at yesterday’s ‘Rhino Mayday’ event held by Save the Rhino International in London. ‘Despite the legal trade, up to 90 per cent […]

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