To trade or not to trade? Always a hotbed of debate concerning rhino poaching
But since South Africa is entertaining the idea of a “one-off” sale to sell the current stockpiles of horn, things have taken a dismal turn indeed.
Here are the scenarios: #1) Trade IS allowed as a one-time only option– wetting the appetite of the Asian market, like throwing a chicken into a hungry hoard of crocodiles. This will undoubtedly send poaching rates soaring.
#2) Trade is allowed on a regular basis but cannot be monitored enough to stop poaching, and with the number of rhinos currently surviving, there are not nearly enough of them to keep up with the monstrous demand.
#3) Trade is Not allowed. In order to make up for lack of profit, will the “farmers” sell their rhinos off to trophy hunters? Will they be sold off to the highest bidder (who…