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Rhino Bombshell: SA Minister plans to permit trade in horn

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has declared that she plans to permit the trade in rhino horn domestically and, in what looks like a loophole big enough to drive a tractor through, the export internationally of horn for ‘personal purposes’.

WildAid calls for ban on synthetic rhino horn exports

U.S.-based entrepreneurs are developing synthetic rhino horn that can’t be differentiated from actual horn, but WildAid and the Center for Biological Diversity believe that this will only accelerate consumer demand in Asia for illegal wildlife products.

Plan B for rhinos

Enjoy a talk in Cape Town that will discuss the solutions to saving rhinos.

When the buying stops, the killing can too

A look into the illegal wildlife trade and how to reduce the demand that is fuelling the illegal poachers who take the lives of thousands of rhinos and elephants every year.

So you want to start a rhino war?

On the release of his new book, Poachers Moon, Author and renowned conservationist Richard Pierce led a panel of experts discussing the rhino poaching issues.

Demanding an end to the slaughter of rhinos and elephants

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) is taking place in more than 120 cities across the world on October 4 this year. It will see the delivery of memoranda of demand and proposed changes to South Africa’s legislation delivered to key government representatives across the globe.

The risks of legal trade in rhino horn

This Nick Chevallier production for the Conservation Action Trust and OSCAP, illustrates the folly of legalising the trade in rhino horn, and the dire effects that this could have on the survival of the species.

Rhino horn trade conference “tells it like it is”

The controversial OSCAP conference, entitled ‘Risk Assessment of Rhino Horn Trade’ ended yesterday on a positive note. The participants agreed to work together to ensure that all South Africans were made aware of the risks associated with legalising rhino horn trade.

Rhino horn – To trade or not to trade: Does it really matter?

The rhino horn trade is being punted as an option with ‘if it pays it stays’ philosophy. The counter argument being that we don’t understand the market, making it difficult to play with. Each a compelling argument in its own right, however are we are dividing our forces, our efforts and the rhino population while we debate the issue?

Stars urge Vietnamese to stop using rhino horn

A number of Vietnamese celebrities have been involved in a Stop Using Rhino Horn campaign to raise awareness of the rhino horn crisis and urge people to stop consuming this product because “when the buying stops, the killing can too”.

‘Killing for Profit’. A Review of Julian Rademeyer’s Exposé of the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

This is essential reading if you want to truly understand the rhino issue and contribute meaningfully to the ongoing debates.  It reads like a serial murder investigation and yet this is a blow-by-blow account of the underworld of illegal rhino poaching and horn trading, extracted during years of often life-threatening investigative journalism. Make no mistake, …