An intense debate is under way about whether the ban on rhino horn trade should be lifted as a way of tackling poaching.
A number of organisations and individuals say the ban, imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in 1976, is not working and is at least partly, if not mostly, responsible for the rocketing poaching figures...
There is a power struggle between national government, provincial departments and some private rhino owners in the fight against poaching, Parliament's environmental affairs committee heard on Thursday.
The number of rhino poached in South Africa last year was the highest yet recorded, but on the positive side, there are encouraging signs that rhino conservation work is heading in the right direction.
WITH the stigma attached to poaching of rhinos and the moral outrage provoked by media reports on ever increasing incidents, Namibia and South Africa may be missing a major economic and environmental opportunity.
JOHANNESBURG — From legalising trade in rhino horns to an outright ban on hunting the animals, South Africa's parliament Thursday wrestled with sometimes conflicting ideas on how to curb a devastating surge in poaching.
Wilderness Foundation South Africa head Andrew Muir told the committee that the slaughter could be eased by legalising trade in the horns of the up to 500 rhinos that die of natural causes every year.
...fast-track poaching cases, arguing that speedy convictions would act as a deterrent.
Others called for tighter rules, or even an outright ban on trophy hunting, which allows game hunters to kill certain rhinos and export their mounted horns.