Rhino Poaching; To Legalize Or Not?
Independent online (SA)2012-03-12: More than 30 years after governments agreed to ban the international trade in rhino horns, the slaughter rate has got much worse, not better. More than 95 percent of Africa’s remaining rhinos were wiped out within 20 years of the 1977 ban. And in SA, the largest-remaining bastion of wild rhino protection, massive holes have been punched through the law enforcement barriers which once protected the country’s rhinos from ruthless underworld crime syndicates. More than 1 000 rhinos have been slaughtered here in just four years. Every year the death rate climbs steadily, despite government pledges to… more »