The Great Debate

Whether or not it would be sensible and wise to open a legal trade in rhino horn is one of the most debated and divisive subjects in today’s conservation circles. Influential opinion leaders, organizations, governments, and academics 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. This is particularly regrettable given that now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for a united, global environmental/conservation front.

Photo credit: Gerry van der Walt
Updated date: September 8, 2022


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.

Updated date: September 8, 2022