Every eight hours a rhino is illegally killed in Africa to feed the demand for hunting trophies, jewelry and horns mistakenly believed to possess medicinal value. That's why it's so frustrating that South Africa is now proposing to break from the international norm banning all commercial rhino-horn trade by opening a new, legal market domestically.
Allowing sales of horn will do serious injury to imperiled black and white rhinos, making law enforcement difficult and sending a terrible message to Asian nations struggling to crack down on their own demand for horn. After all, if South Africa doesn't care about its rhinos, why should Vietnam or China or anywhere else?
Urge South Africa's environmental officials to keep the country's rhino-horn market closed and shut down all attempts to profit from these rare, prehistoric animals.
February 20, 2017 Action Alert ID# 477
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