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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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At the sharp end – the true cost of rhino poaching

How bad is the rhino poaching in Africa right now and how big a toll is the deadly horn trade taking on those battling to save them day in, day out? Reserve manager Simon Naylor of Phinda  game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has just had the job of dehorning their population of rhinos in […]

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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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EIA: Why a legal trade in rhino horn won’t work

In a bid to reduce rhino poaching, the South African government is considering tabling a proposal to legalise trade in rhino horn at the 17th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016. It’s a hugely controversial issue, with passionate advocates and opponents. In […]

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Experts’ wish list for World Rhino Day

For World Rhino Day on September 22 Project African Rhino asked leading rhino experts, charities and conservationists one question: What single thing would you like to see happen in the next 12 months to help bring an end to the poaching? Cathy Dean, Director – Save the Rhino International: If I had to pick one […]

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‘Trade horn or rhinos will be extinct by 2026’

The rhino crisis is getting worse and if nothing is done rhinos will be extinct in the wild in just thirteen years’ time, the chairman of South Africa’s Private Rhino Owners’ Association (PROA) warned this week in an exclusive interview with Project African Rhino. Chairman of the PROA, Pelham Jones, told us his association now […]

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Casualties of war: Kruger vet’s view

It’s not a record to brag about: the number of rhinos poached in South Africa so far this year has now overtaken last year’s figure of 448. Official government stats, released on October 16, show 455 rhinos poached. That figure is already believed to have risen to 467 as we write, and some believe that […]

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