Answer to Sangeeta, Panthera Pardus and all who are against legalized trade in rhino horn where rhino stays alive. I am anti-illegal trade activist, where rhinos killed for their horns. That is why I support legalized trade in rhino horn, where rhino stays alive because I care for rhino survival. I am pro-rhino: I care more for rhino life than rhino horn BECAUSE horn is renewable product and it grows back!
I see no point in going on to more discussions with those who clearly support conditions for illegal trade by opposing legal approach to let supply horn on the market while rhino stays alive, which right now gets supplied only by poaching rhinos. Some of you even involved with those who collect donations on rhino blood, which means you support and sponsor those NGO's who collect donations on 'save rhino' causes AND advocate to keep in place conditions for illegal trade by opposing legalized trade.
It is very simple, if people are against legalized trade they just support to keep in place conditions for illegal trade, where more rhinos get killed every day. There are few categories of people for such attitude- either they benefit from rhino crisis like poachers and those who give orders to poachers or those who collect donations on rhino crisis and fight against legal trade and rhino breeders, because legalized trade would mean suicide for their business; or people who are misinformed by those who collect donations and fight against rhino breeders and legalized trade; or people who simply uneducated on a subject, yet fight against legalized trade on the emotional side. They rather see rhinos extinct than to be saved; those one are unhappy people.
In my opinion if you fight legal approach to rhino crisis you are anti- rhino person and pro-illegal trade activist, because no matter how many rhinos poached for the past 5 years, you still support to continue with banning legal trade in rhino horn, which worked very well in South Africa for over 40 years!
There is a trade that already exists right now- it is called illegal trade. When you say you are against legal trade, where rhino would stay alive, I can only understand it that you are against conditions where rhino would stay alive!
Rhino poaching crisis was designed in South Africa after our government was influenced by animal-rights organizations, which resulted in the change of law on 13 Feb. 2009. Legal trade in rhino horn was banned from privately owned rhinos. Result - over 3200 rhinos poached, most of which are from national parks and tourist resorts. It is very clear how privately owned rhinos saved before rhinos in national parks- the national trade in their horn was enough to keep rhinos alive and let them breed well. But since privately owned rhinos are not allowed to supply horn legally to the market- TRADE gets supplied ILLEGALLY by poachers. So YES, those who influenced the change of law are responsible for creating poaching crisis. because they are the one who collect donations on wildlife crisises. They are responsible for creating conditions and monopoly for poachers and they are the one who fight against private ownership of wild animals in South Africa, especially rhinos.
To survive- rhinos need rhino breeders, yet rhino beggars and rhino poachers do everything in their power to fight us. All your donations just make things worse- look every year more and more rhinos poached. It is proved that donations have not made things better for rhinos- just opposite, more rhinos in South Africa poached than ever before!!! You are responsible with your donations to keep crisis in place! If there is a crisis- there is a donations, if no crisis- no donations.
During legal trade in rhino horn from privately owned rhinos until it was banned in 2009- South Africa had ZERO NGO's collecting money on wildlife crisis- because there was no crisis! With rhino breeders- no crisis- more rhinos, more rhinos- more rhino breeders, more rhino breeders-more rhinos and very little poaching- until the change of law in 2009.
I don't care what for rhino horn is used- it's people's choice! Rhinos also should have a choice- supply of their horns legally where they would stay alive. Right now with current law- rhinos have no choice and that is why time to change the law that kills our rhinos! Look at the numbers of poached rhinos- facts speak loader then your objections: more rhinos will be poached if we continue with the failed measures we've taken until we legalize trade in rhino horn. It is easy to ban legal trade but can we ban illegal trade? The answer is NO.
Answer one simple question before you support anti-legal approach: Does rhino benefit from banning legal trade in rhino horn?
Edited by Albina Hume, 09 September 2014 - 02:39 PM.