NO TRADE—PRO TRADE
The Great Debate

Whether or not it would be sensible and wise to trade rhino horn legally is one of the most hotly debated and divisive subjects in today’s global conservation circles. Powerful opinion leaders, organizations, governments and academics have turned out to argue the case on both sides of the divide and tempers frequently become frayed. On occasion the debate has, regrettably and to the advantage of neither side, turned nasty and personal.

Photo credit: Gerry van der Walt

SETTING THE SCENE

Before addressing the pros and cons of a legal trade in rhino horn, it is important to understand some of the background issues around wildlife crime, international and state laws, horn stockpiles and what to do with them, and the value of horn.