The Great Elephant Debate: Let’s remove emotions and pseudo-science from wildlife management and get down to scientific facts

​Rowan Martin• 30 June 2019 

All wild species have predators and humans are the super-predator for elephants. There is nothing ‘natural’ about a large national park dominated by elephants without a predator. The management of wild landscapes is largely an aesthetic issue. It’s called ‘The Myth of Wild Africa’, and is played out on every luxury safari and National Geographic show.

Zimbabwe President Says Selling Rhino Horns and Ivory Are Key for Conservation

 
Zimbabwe must be allowed to sell ivory and rhino horn stockpiles valued at $600 million to fund environmental conservation efforts in the southern African nation, according to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Namibia shows how conservation partnerships can prevent wildlife crime

Since independence, Namibia has actively nurtured a culture of collaboration, especially in the conser vation sector. This has enabled environmental restoration and wide scale wildlife recoveries – countering a colonial legacy of decimation. The systems are not perfect. Conservation efforts can still be strengthened and law enforcement improved. Some natural resource sectors still require urgentattention (e.g. forestry, fisheries).

Botswana backtracks stance on ivory sales

18 Jan 2019
 
Khonani Ontebetse
 
In a move seen as reversing some of former President Ian Khama’s policies, Botswana under the leadership President Mokgweetsi Masisi has climbed down on its earlier decision not to support the sales of ivory.

Revisiting the horn ban

2019-01-15 16:19

Nokuthula Ntuli

I don’t know who came up with the idea that as human beings we need rules and laws to regulate almost every part of our existence. From the moment you are born you are registered and the regulations come into effect. Even the parents who brought you into this world act as enforcers of the laws, some of which they themselves don’t even agree with.

But when do we decide that some laws are just not working?

‘Legal horn trade is the way’

2018-12-08

Nokuthula Ntuli

THE ban on the legal trade of horns is a recipe for rhino extinction and makes the illicit market more profitable for the poachers.
 
This is an argument made by Pietermaritzburg resident Mike “Thug” Haines, who is at the forefront of the Legal Trade for Rhino Survival (LRTS) — an alliance of conservationists and scientists dedicated to reversing the ban on the international trade in rhino horn.

Ban ‘is hurting rhinos’

2018-11-19 15:45

With poachers winning the war, should SA legalise trade in rhino horn?

10 November 2018, 5:00pm / Tanya Waterworth

Why experts are calling for the legalisation of rhino horn trading

14 August 2018, 3:20pm / Mary Jane Mphahlele

Cape Town – A team of experts on rhino poaching has called on Parliament to consider legalising the trade of rhino horns, saying that the move holds great benefits for communities.

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