The anti rhino poaching strategy designed and implemented by the South African government is failing in its most fundamental objectives. Rhino are being killed for their horns at an increasingly faster rate despite deployment of the National Defence Force to the Kruger Park.
Poachers are being caught but not enough of them and those that appear in court come prepared to wriggle and slip through loopholes in the law.
The syndicates that run the rhino horn trade in similar fashion to and probably in connivance with international drug traders and smugglers remain largely untouched.
Diplomatic interaction and signed documents between South Africa and Vietnam have yielded little or no substantial results against the rhino horn devourers.
The members of the public with red rhino horns on cars and motorbikes should also be pushing for a legalisation of rhino horn trade.
Through research by journalists we have learned that the target market for rhino horn in Vietnam is small and limited to the upper middle class who have money to burn and status to gain through the use of illegal and elitist substances.
The price of crushed rhino horn puts it out of reach of the average person and it is therefore a luxury item much like sushi off semi naked bodies or cocaine is here in South Africa.
The spending power of the target market and the ill gotten gains for smugglers and traders mean that there are plenty slush funds packed with baksheesh to pay off the military, police and other government officials as well as those involved with rhino in private game reserves in both South Africa and Vietnam.
All that the war zone in the Kruger Park, the intransigence of the Vietnam government and the ubiquitous headlines of yet more gruesome carving up of rhinos for their horns is achieving right now is embarrassment for the South African government.
It is common sense and a truism in any endeavour of human nature that when a chosen path or strategy is not working, change it.
The immediate alternative is to legalise trade in rhino horn. There are plenty of people and organisations that are anti legalisation for many reasons.
Many think that it would grow the demand by making the product cheaper. This I believe is incorrect as in all likelihood it would diminish the demand as being cheaper it would be accessible to anyone and therefore no longer elitist or illegal.
The criminalising of trade in rhino horn has pushed up prices thereby creating an artificial market in a substance that is both illegal and elitist.
By legalising the sale of rhino horn in a clearing house near an airport like O. R. Tambo in Johannesburg and making the sales accessible to anyone who wants to buy it would create an open market and the allure and attraction of doing something both illegal and elitist would be gone.
South African rhino owners could then use the proceeds of the sales to concentrate on the conservation of rhino, the National Defence Force would be free to guard our borders like they should be doing and the public would no longer be subjected to the gruesome and callous footage and photos of the damage done by rhino killers.
As South Africa is a member of the Convention on International trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) it cannot act unilaterally in any moves towards legalising the sales and trade of rhino horn.
However, South Africa is in possession of most of the rhinos on the planet and has done a large amount of work on rhino conservation so a move on a legalisation strategy through CITES should be driven by South Africa.
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