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Adam Cruise: Legal Trade in Rhino Horn Would Merely Confuse the Consumer

Louis Botha's WarAdam Cruise, author of Louis Botha’s War, regularly writes about environmental affairs. He recently wrote an article for the Daily Maverick about the rhino poaching crisis.

In the article, Cruise suggests that although South Africa could take a stronger stance in the fight against rhino poaching, the real problem lies outside of this country. As long as there are consumers buying rhino horn, the incentive for rhino slaughter will remain.

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From the groundswell of the nation’s citizens to the various multi-governmental agencies, South Africans are doing their level best to halt the rampage. Just last week in the Kruger Park, where most of the rhinos met their demise, 24 poachers were arrested and a number of others were shot in a joint operation with the SA Police and SANParks rangers. This brings the number of poachers apprehended in 2014 to over 120.

There is, however, a lone chink in the South African armour. Unfortunately, it’s a substantial chink – the penchant for the SA government to push for a legal trade is a misguided hope that it would torpedo the illegal trafficking of rhino horn. Such messages merely confuse consumers as to whether or not it’s morally right to buy the product.

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