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International Debate: Assessing The Risk Of Rhino Horn Trade

International Debate: Assessing The Risk Of Rhino Horn Trade | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it

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We are constantly informed about the reality of rhinoceros poaching cruelty in South Africa. Since the beginning of 2014 alone, about 172 rhinos have been poached with Kruger National Park being the most targeted.

 

The rhino horn which is made up of keratin, the same minerals and proteins found in our nails, is believed to possess pharmacological properties, is used as an aphrodisiac or is kept just for status. After all the trauma and pain of having their horns hacked and in most cases left to die bleeding, the rhino horns are sold illegally for about R536,119 per kilogram to be used for strange customs.

Suggested solution for the rhino extinction crisis:

Over the years conservationists have marched, hosted campaigns and educated the masses about the danger of rhino poaching that will automatically lead to the extinction of the world’s second largest mammal.

 

The South African Government’s solution for the rhino poaching crisis is to legalise and regulate rhino horn trade through CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) which has prohibited international rhino horn trade since 1997. The government hopes that by legalising trade and dehorning, less rhinos will be killed and the market value for rhino horns will decrease....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:37 PM

The line up of speakers for this conference is fantastic.

Wish I could be there ... however, look forward to reading the reports.

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 4:32 AM

Wish I could be there and have my say!

PeerSpring's curator insight, April 9, 2014 12:12 PM

Over the years conservationists have marched, hosted campaigns and educated the masses about the danger of rhino poaching that will automatically lead to the extinction of the world’s second largest mammal.  Now the South African government is entertaining the thought of legalizing and regulating rhino horn trade, do you think that's a good idea? Why / why not?

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The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife

The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Habitat loss, pollution, climate change, over-exploitation and poaching are all threatening a lifeline for local communities
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Seizures indicate sharp rise in wildlife smuggling to China - INDIA New England News

Seizures indicate sharp rise in wildlife smuggling to China - INDIA New England News | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
By Rajnish Singh New Delhi--There appears to be no let- up in smuggling of live and dead wildlife. In fact, it has seen a sharp increase as indicated by the value of seized wildlife products being smuggled to China from India through Nepal and Bhutan.
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Malaysian Customs officers seize 288kg of pangolin scales at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Malaysian Customs officers seize 288kg of pangolin scales at Kuala Lumpur International Airport | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian Customs officers have seized almost 300kg of pangolin scales being smuggled through the main airport, officials said on Tuesday (June 13).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Makes Tigers a Farm-to-Table Meal

Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Makes Tigers a Farm-to-Table Meal | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Throughout the region, endangered species like tigers are raised for their meat and bones, often in plain sight.
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A first in world: Rajasthan to get leopard reserves - Times of India

A first in world: Rajasthan to get leopard reserves - Times of India | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
JAIPUR: Jhalana Reserve Forest in Jaipur will spearhead 'Project Leopard', a first of its kind conservation effort in the world to be launched across eight conservation reserves and sanctuaries across Rajasthan.
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Customs find huge stash of suspected pangolin scales

Customs find huge stash of suspected pangolin scales | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Haul, thought to be worth about HK$4.6 million, found inside shipping container from Nigeria
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Namibia not to consider legalizing ivory, rhino horn trade | News Ghana

Namibia not to consider legalizing ivory, rhino horn trade  | News Ghana | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism has said that the country will not consider legalizing the trade of rhino horns and elephant tusks. Romeo | News Ghana
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Big animals can survive reduced-impact logging — if done right

Big animals can survive reduced-impact logging — if done right | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Reduced-impact logging doesn’t need to be a death knell for a region’s big animals, according to a new study in Biotropica — but only if hunting is well-regulated.
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Call to keep secrets on rare species draws reluctant support

Call to keep secrets on rare species draws reluctant support | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Poachers often read research papers too
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To catch a poacher: Florida wildlife officers set up undercover gator farm sting

To catch a poacher: Florida wildlife officers set up undercover gator farm sting | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, state wildlife officers created the ultimate undercover operation.
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United Nations issues stamps featuring newly listed CITES species | CITES

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Louisa McDonald's curator insight, May 27, 8:21 AM

The US Postal Service has teamed up with CITES to produce stamps that represent newly protected species. The species cover many taxonomic groups which leads to interest by those who may not have much experience with endangered species.

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Nine aquatic animals added to Canada’s list of at-risk species

Nine aquatic animals added to Canada’s list of at-risk species | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
As nine aquatic animals make the list of animals in danger of extinction, experts say more needs to be done to correct the situation
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Crocodile Poaching Booms as Egypt Tourism Crumbles

Crocodile Poaching Booms as Egypt Tourism Crumbles | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Fewer foreign visitors and political chaos has led some Egyptians to turn to hunting Nile crocodiles as a source of revenue.
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Dead turtle found in Perth had intestines 'stuffed with plastic rubbish'

Dead turtle found in Perth had intestines 'stuffed with plastic rubbish' | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
"I was shocked and horrified to discover the turtle's intestines full of rubbish - from plastic bags, plastic packaging, food wrappers to synthetic rope
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Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth US$190,000

Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth US$190,000 | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth US$190,000 after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said Wednesday.
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CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the High Level Event on Illegal Wildlife Trade - UN Plaza, New York | CITES

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Zoos Take a Step Backward in Pangolin Conservation

Zoos Take a Step Backward in Pangolin Conservation | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
By purchasing wild-caught animals, they're contributing to, and possibly stimulating, the trade in these highly endangered mammals
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Pangolin conservation won’t be achieved in American zoos

Pangolin conservation won’t be achieved in American zoos | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
I am shocked to hear that American zoos have acquired live pangolins under the guise of conservation.
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US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching

US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
In northern South Africa, former soldiers are fighting both the illegal wildlife trade and the twin scourges of unemployment and PTSD
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Climate change playing a role in growing list of species at risk

Climate change playing a role in growing list of species at risk | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
The list of species at risk of extinction has grown to 751, and the effects of climate change may put those species even more at risk — especially the 62 species in Canada's North.
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This Turtle Tourist Center Also Raises Endangered Turtles for Meat

This Turtle Tourist Center Also Raises Endangered Turtles for Meat | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
Advocates accuse the Cayman Turtle Centre of mistreating its sea turtles and stoking demand for the meat of an endangered species, claims it denies.
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National Geographic Photo Ark Illuminates Endangered Species Day With Stunning Images

National Geographic Photo Ark Illuminates Endangered Species Day With Stunning Images | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Ark animals “takeover” of New York’s Times Square and other major U.S. cities today, Endangered Species Day, marks the launch of the #SaveTogether campaign aimed at …
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The Truth About the Deadly Cat Trade - SA Country Life

The Truth About the Deadly Cat Trade - SA Country Life | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
The link between cub petting and the fast growing trade in exploiting and killing lions, and it’s one to which tourists seem extraordinarily blind.
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National Lottery backs plan to save 20 species from extinction - GOV.UK

National Lottery backs plan to save 20 species from extinction - GOV.UK | Endangered Species News | Scoop.it
20 species including shrill carder bee, chequered skipper butterfly and ladybird spider will be brought back from the brink.
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