It’s a very sad day for rhinos, and probably the beginning of the end.
South Africa announced today it would lobby at CITES to relax a ban on international trade in rhino horn to allow the sale of stockpiles.
The excuse SA is using it’s the need to face the poaching problem more efficiently. In reality they are failing big time in protecting the rhinos.
Poachers already killed 446 rhinos in South Africa this year. Last year 668 rhinos were slaughtered.
Allowing to sell the stockpiles is a cowardly blind act, motivated also by greed and lack of real motivation, not conservation, which will fuel the demand in Asia forever, help to launder illegal horns and threaten the rhinos also outside South Africa.
And soon they will lobby to do the same for ivory too.
The next CITES meeting in South Africa, in 2016, will be a war. We’ll be there.