Originally published in Business Day. The contribution of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to the conservation of African rhino over the past 40 years has been ineffective. Their trade ban has been a failure but there has been little attention paid to changing strategy. There is no indication that CITES will… Continue reading DOMESTIC TRADE IN RHINO HORN
By Michael Eustace (Investment analyst) email@example.com. The South African Cabinet, after a long process of opinion gathering, has decided not to put a proposal to CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), on rhino horn trade. Why? The Minister, Edna Molewa, at a media briefing recently, said that it was not because of… Continue reading Cabinet’s decision not to trade in rhino horn
By Michael Eustace (Investment analyst) firstname.lastname@example.org. “It is morally wrong to sell horn if it does not work.” The Chinese are the main consumers and they believe, or some believe, that it works. Western medicine is sceptical and has said so. There are thousands of different remedies that are sold all over the world that… Continue reading How robust are the arguments against a legal trade in rhino horn?
By Michael Eustace (Investment analyst) email@example.com. The ban on rhino horn trade imposed by Cites in 1976 has been a miserable failure. All that the ban has achieved is to push trade underground where it has thrived and made money for criminals. Tens of thousands of rhino have been killed, unnecessarily. Horn is in demand… Continue reading For Trade
By Rael Loon. Introduction Kirsten Conrad’s paper ‘Trade bans – a perfect storm for poaching’, (Tropical Conservation Science V5(3): 245-254) is indeed timely. While trade bans such as CITES have been successful in helping to stabilize populations of certain species, in the case of rhinos, such a ban is proving less effective. The paper identifies… Continue reading THE TIME TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT CITES AND TRADE IS UPON US