Legalising the horn trade
Save the Rhino has not yet reached a conclusion on whether the trade in rhino horn should be legalised, and we are currently considering the cases for and against the proposal.
The debate over whether or not to legalise the trade in rhino horn tends to polarise opinion. Let’s start with the two central tenets that people in all camps can agree on. Firstly, we all want to see more rhinos in more viable populations in the wild. Secondly, we all accept that there is no silver bullet that will solve the rhino poaching crisis: legal trade on its own will not work; anti-poaching patrols on their own will not work. So the question should really be: what combination of approaches should we adopt to ensure that rhino numbers and rhino population numbers continue to grow?
Legalising the trade may be one of these approaches and is currently being heavily discussed by South Africa. There are several different options for a legalised trade in rhino horn. Click on the headers below to read more about the different possibilities.
1. One off sale of rhino horn stockpiles
2. Domestic trade in rhino horn
3. (Semi) permanent international CITES regulated sale
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