01 Dec '11, 12pm

How to end the illegal wildlife trade - Make a difference - The Ecologist

How to end the illegal wildlife trade - Make a difference - The Ecologist

The simple answer is to kill the demand. There is a real reason to say that. I've spent 25 years as a conservationist, and I've seen this from every angle. The reality is that with a product as valuable as rhino horn, you will have a trade. It's just like narcotics. We need to have some kind of a profound sea change in attitudes and behaviour in China, Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia, which are the major destinations of much of this trade. If demand begins to build it will be hard to see how we can stop this. People are very good at coming up with one-stop solutions, but there is no one solution. What you need to have are effective intelligence operations, and demand reduction. You need to back this, particularly with enforcements in countries where rhino are still lucky enough to exist. But in China, they have an obligation to crack down on the illegal trade.

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