In an article I wrote in July 2015 Desire To Supply Rhino Horn Drives Manufacture Of Demand: I pointed out that while the South African government continues to keep the option of a legal trade in rhino horn on the table, the pro-trade lobby will focus on creating a ‘legal’ sales channel. To-date, the options discussed are:
- A legalisation of international trade, or
- A one-off sale of their stockpile, or
- Overturning the domestic trade ban in South Africa
Yet the real result of this ruling is to give hope to the pro-trade group that a legal trade, in one form or another, is still possible and it is worth their while to keep lobbying hard.