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  1. Can anyone explain me who would buy rhino horns today if the CITES ban is still implemented? Because that is the main point. I am surprised to read that prices are going up and the phones of John Hume and his friends do not stop ringing. I believe that the only people that would consider buying rhino horns today would be people who would try to smuggle the horns to Asia, no?? Or maybe SA is considering organising "TCM" trips to SA where their Asian customers could consume their rhino horns. For me it is simply an example how those farmers undermine the efforts to reduce the demand (like the pseudo hunts we saw a few years ago and it was also known that traded rhino horn in SA also found its way to Asia before the SA ban)? If they really care about conservation, it would have been logical to be in line with the CITES on that decision. But doing the opposite seems to me simply irresponsible.
  2. i read on the Facebook page of the aim NP an interesting comment from a well respected guide. (on a slightly different topic, it seems that Hwange has also too many lions???) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401593360091693/?fref=ts
  3. @@douglaswise, I guess i am part of the "ignorants" because i disagree with your idea of culling. I totally agree with @@Sangeeta Culling elephants for me is not and will never be an option especially for a species whose numbers have declined from 10million to 300,000 in 100 years. How ironic that some humans are considering culling those majestic animals whereas the human species is unable/unwilling to control/limit its own population despite all the means available. Maybe it would be better and make more sense to convince africans to stop breeding like rabbits? Regarding ivory trade, i prefer not to even comment on it...
  4. interesting to read what hunters think about it on accurate reloading.com http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1411043/m/3111026412/p/2 A few seem "reasonable":
  5. interesting article: http://lovewildafrica.com/the-aftermath-of-cecil-interview-with-lion-researcher-brent-stapelkamp/
  6. greed and lack of respect to wildlife...
  7. Probably, they could buy some time. But over the long term, wildlife in those countries is doomed. Increasing agricultural needs, firewood, charcoal, bush meat are all related to the increasing African population. Where there are humans, there is no/little wildlife. It is a fact. Do we see much wildlife in the UK or in France? In France, there are only a few bears left and it s already too much. In the UK, we have a few deers. In Africa, humans and wildlife are often competing for the same resources (think about the Mara or look at how dry the Ruaha river is). Anyway thinking about the elephants population for instance, we have to remember that in less than in a century, its population has decreased by 97%, from 10Million to 300,000. Sorry to be so downbeat, the Africa we all love has been disappearing for a long time If Africans continue to breed like rabbits, there will be absolutely nothing left in Kenya and Tanzania. I really do not understand why nothing is done to stop that ridiculous population growth.
  8. @@africawild, global financing from the international community has been tested in Ecuador to protect a part of the amazon forest instead of drilling for oil. Unfortunately it failed miserably. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/16/ecuador-approves-yasuni-amazon-oil-drilling
  9. fully agree with him, Kenya and Tanzania will have no wildlife anymore soon. Wildlife has no future in those countries...Anyone who expects the opposite is naive http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150916-book-talk-simon-worrall-craig-packer-lions-serengeti-tanzania-trophy-hunting-africa-conservation/
  10. @gamewarden, it comes from the FT link above (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f71d53ea-67b3-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html). Don t know if anyone can have access to this article
  11. great article from the FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f71d53ea-67b3-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html Interesting to read about the demand in Vietnam. In the "Smart" trade initiative, pro-trades partisans do not even consider demand from Vietnam if I am correct...
  12. Braam Malherbe is he a TV presenter? I do not know much about Mr Roodt. He seems to be a respected economist on monetary policy, finance, state regulated companies... Not sure he has much experience in rhino conservation http://africageographic.com/blog/legalising-the-trade-in-rhino-horn-and-a-wilderness-of-greed/
  13. MKM, i think it would be very easy to convince opponents to the rhino trade, like Towlersonsafari, myself and many others. For me it is not a moral issue. Just prove us that there is enough supply to match the demand...Is it the case? I do not think so. So far, I have not read anything from you or the pro trade side telling me that it is the case. Is it "let s do the opposite to see if it works" a reasonable argument? Honestly I expect better and much more from a scientist.
  14. Would be good to know how rhino horn stock grow? You mentioned crocodiles. A nile crocodile lay around 40 to 60 eggs. Rhinos have a gestation period of 16 months and the interval between calving is 4 years and if i remember their horn grow by 5cm a year? Would be interesting to know how the production of leather or rhino horns compare. I have the impression it is easier and faster to farm crocodiles than rhinos (without taking into account the poaching)

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