Legalising the trade of rhino horns has long been thought of as the solution to the poaching problem.
Policymakers need to proceed with caution when it comes to legalising rhino horn as it could be a high risk strategy.
Rhino horn will still be available for private sales in South Africa as long as permits are available.
The first online rhino auction in South Africa wasn't a success. This has done very little to help rhinos. It may, in fact, encourage more poaching as demand has not slowed down.
South Africa lost over 1000 rhinos to poaching last year.
The rhino horn auction in South Africa is a serious setback in the fight against poaching and the survival of wild rhinos. The chances of the horns remaining in the country are next to zero.
Rhino poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park has decreased this year but it has increased in other regions.
Initiatives to curb rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park has shown improvement compared to last year. But poaching in other parks has increased.
White rhino on Lake Nakuru in Kenya.
Rhino horn trade is a hotly contested topic. Proponents believe it can aid conservation efforts. But those in opposition believe it will cause poaching to increase.
Dehorning is practised on many South African private reserves and is seen as a way of deterring poachers.
A few national parks and reserves want to dehorn rhinos and there is a lobby for a regulated and closely monitored legal trade in rhino horn. But this is met by opposition from many.