Rhino Poaching

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Human Demand Vs Conservation Rhino Poaching David Pillay With decreasing and threatening rates of the rhino population due to poaching of their desired horn. Many strategies have been constructed to help solve this issue. The most promising solution at this time being rhino farming, in which its aims for legalisation of the rhino horn trade seeks to maintain the rhino population. Why is rhino poaching an issue? The rhino horn illegally acquired for two main reasons. It is a common belief that the rhino horn contains sexually stimulating properties for both men and women. This myth is most popular in the West and remains unsupported by scientific evidence, it has instead been decided that it is its suggestive shape and not its chemical properties…show more content…
The current view of rhinos is negative as people see them as nothing less than a target to be sold for money. An increase in the value of an alive rhino means that people would no longer kill rhinos and with rhino farming people would even avoid doing so during hunts as an alive rhino would become more valuable than one killed for its horn. The legalising of the trade of rhino horn is believed will lead to a complete revolution in the way in which rhinos are viewed and treated, they could become a sustainable source of income to many. Therefore, it would be sought out to create larger populations of rhinos rather than decrease them through…show more content…
By allowing a customer to purchase rhino horn from a legal and more ethical source, the black market along with rhino poach will no longer be needed and rhinos will be seen as more valuable alive than dead which would promote the avoidance of a decreasing population. With these financial benefits rhinos would be desirable to game farms and reserves and this would allow for their population to thrive. Communities would be encouraged to partake in farming rhinos allowing themselves to grow financially along with their care for the rhino population, instead of being a part of the lucrative poaching of the animals. Researcher at African Centre for Disaster Studies, Michael Murphee, supports a proposal by San Parks to “loan rhinos to these communities so they can benefit from legal harvesting and trade in horns.” Which is an example of the small measures that could be taken to further control the use of the strategy. I do believe that this would create a “revolution” of the view on rhino in South
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