PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
OSCAP
 
Comments: 8
Article views: 256
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all OSCAP's badges.
 

Rhino trade conference will see sparks fly!

10 March 2014, 12:16

Are calls to legalise rhino horn trade intensifying the poaching crisis? In the face of a catastrophic 7 000% increase in rhino poaching since 2007, the South African government is preparing to ask the international community to approve the legalisation of rhino-horn trade.

This is one of the most contentious subjects in wildlife conservation today – does trade save species or does it endanger them?

“The government, and some South Africans, believe that by legalising trade and exporting rhino horn to the markets of East Asia, they can not only meet demand and reduce poaching but can also generate resources for rhino protection”, said Allison Thomson, Founder of OSCAP (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching). “Opponents argue that this controversial strategy could accelerate poaching, pointing to the massive slaughter of elephants that has occurred since China was permitted to buy southern African ivory stocks legally”.

While the issue is frequently debated in the conservation corridors of Washington, Nairobi and Brussels, OSCAP has taken the bold step of bringing the debate to South Africa’s doorstep. On the 8th and 9th April, wildlife trade experts, field biologists, academics, tourism experts, conservationists and economists will gather in Pretoria to lay the issue before the South African people in the court of public opinion. The debate is likely to get pretty intense.

As a prime destination for wildlife tourism, a conservation leader in Africa, and an economic power-house for the continent, what happens to the rhino matters to South Africa and her people. OSCAP is holding this conference in advance of the country’s 2014 general election so that all prospective parliamentary candidates have the opportunity to declare their position on a matter of national and international significance.

“I believe that speculation on a potential future legal trade in rhino horn will increase the threat to our rhinos”, said Thomson. “I hope that this conference, and the public debate that it ignites, will assist policy-makers to end any speculation about legalising rhino horn trade and prompt them to decide against submitting a proposal for trade to the Conference of the Parties to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which South Africa is hosting in 2016. We shall see.

Registration for the conference can be completed at www.oscap.co.za and details of the conference can be found at www.oscapconference.co.za. The organisers anticipate heavy demand for the limited number of tickets that will be available to the public. Prospective attendees are urged to make their reservations now.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Irvin Whitecomb
Why are our fuel prices so high?

Can someone please explain why the petrol price is so high if the price of oil has dropped by over half of what it cost. Read more...

35 comments 3163 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

0 comments 168 views
Submitted by
Christelle Delport
Transcendence

I recently watched the movie, Transcendence, and I once again realized how far people will go to deny or destroy that what they don’t understand. Read more...

19 comments 1114 views
Submitted by
Nunu
Ban Hunting Now!

This is far too emotional an issue, it should be dealt with realistically. There are risks to conservation if hunting is banned ... like it or not. Read more...

19 comments 1927 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
The reality of a failed state

Hook line and sinker. That about sums it up for South Africa. We have been caught by the oldest trick in the book.  Read more...

7 comments 673 views
Submitted by
Andre Joubert
The Groenewald family I know

 Read more...

22 comments 517 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.