“After careful consideration and debate, we believe legalizing the international trade in rhino horn to be one of the most effective, sustainable and ethical long-term solutions to safeguard the future of rhino populations,” said Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA. “Now is the time to put our emotions aside. More than ever before do we need to be objective. … We urge our government and all relevant stakeholders to revise the policies that need to change. It’s time to adapt.”
The reality is that despite trade bans, rhinos have become extinct in 20 African countries over the past 25 years. PHASA believes that the solution to the poaching challenges South Africa is currently facing involves implementation of a combination of strategies and approaches—one being that the money generated from legalization of the international trade in rhino horn being put toward conservation efforts. The funding created by legalizing international trade in rhino horn would not only benefit rhino populations, it would create jobs that would largely benefit local African communities.
For more information on the poaching challenges faced since the ban on international trade, check out the following NRAHLF.org articles: