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Call for legal trade in rhino horn


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#1    Render

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

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Four leading environmental scientists today urged the international community to install a legal trade in rhino horn – in a last ditch effort to save the imperilled animals from extinction. In an article in the leading international journal Science the scientists argued that a global ban on rhino products has failed, and death rates among the world's remaining black and white rhinos are soaring due to illegal poaching to supply insatiable international demand. "Current strategies have clearly failed to conserve these magnificent animals and the time has come for a highly regulated legal trade in horn", says lead author Dr Duan Biggs of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and University of Queensland. "As committed environmentalists we don't like the idea of a legal trade any more than does the average member of the concerned public. But we can see that we need to do something radically different to conserve Africa's rhino."


http://phys.org/news...rhino-horn.html


#2    redhen

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:13 PM

""Rhino horn is now worth more than gold," the scientists note. This growth is mainly attributed to soaring demand by affluent Asian consumers for Chinese medicines. "

"Attempts to educate Chinese medicine consumers to stop using rhino horn have failed to reduce the growth in demand, they said."


Instead of giving up, and allowing a legal trade in rhino horns, we need to educate the Chinese like we mean it.

Then talk to the Japanese about whales, dolphins and shark fins. The argument from tradition is not logically sound, it's a fallacy.

We need to airdrop millions of copies of Carl Sagan's book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The West already went through this Enlightenment era, time for Asia to join the 19th century.


#3    Ashotep

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:03 AM

The Asia governments needs to really crack down on people in possession of Rhino horns.  Treat them like you would someone smuggling drugs.





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