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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. Read more…

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? Read more…

‘Legal horn trade is the way’


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. Read more…

Rhinos will vanish ‘without legal trade’


WILDLIFE experts, including a board member of four wildlife parks in Malawi and Zambia, explained at a high-level conference in eSwatini (Swaziland) how the legal trade in rhino horn would work.
Conservationist Michael Eustace used the De Beers diamond trade model as a guide. Read more…        

Ban ‘is hurting rhinos’

2018-11-19 15:45

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

Opinion / 10 November 2018, 5:00pm / Tanya Waterworth

A baby rhino crying next to its butchered and bloodied mother as vultures circle. That is the emotive scene that doesn’t tug, but rips the heartstrings of anyone who is even vaguely conservation savvy, yet the slaughter of rhinos continues unabated.

And looming on the horizon is the equally emotive battle as to whether legal trade in rhino horn should be allowed. Due to the huge security costs in protecting rhinos, their value at auctions has all but collapsed. Most private game reserves now remove the horns on a regular basis. Read more…

Why experts are calling for the legalisation of rhino horn trading

Politics / 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. Read more…

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