Legal rhino trade: group hopes to convince Cites

2014-12-10 00:00

THE Conservation Imperative group hope to sway delegates at the Conservation of International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) conference into legalising the rhino trade.

The group, whose patron was the late Ian Player, is lobbying for the legalisation of the trade in Rhino horns in the hope it will stifle illegal poaching.

Armed with the Osprey-produced film, Rhino in Crisis: A Blueprint for Survival, The Conservation Imperative group chairperson David Cook said they would present the film to delegates at Cites in 2016.

The Cites conference, set for early 2016, will host 183 delegates from all over the world to decide the future of the rhino in South Africa.

The film, produced by South African filmmaker Zig Mackintosh, looks at how legalising the trade in rhinoceros horns could bring down the deaths of rhinos and positively affect the local communities.

“The existing conventional methods are not working,” said Cook.

He said the film would be distributed among communities in the lead-up to the Cites conference.

“We are not suggesting our method will eliminate the problem but rather drive it down to sustainable limits.”


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