Ecologist Cristian Bonacic might also have thought rhino farms were the answer in the past. But now he believes that the "sustainable use model" is no longer feasible. "According to the sustainable use paradigm, if wildlife can be used, it can be saved," he explained in a National Geographic interview early last year.
"This means that farming of wild animals and their conservation are explicitly interlinked ... But the world has changed, and many indigenous communities are now much more globalized. There are many more roads, many more exchange routes, including the Internet, which allows you with one click to buy something banned in one country and not in another. The romantic view that local communities can use an animal sustainably is simply no longer feasible in the 21st century."
Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free U.S.A, wrote for The Dodo that we have already learned from past mistakes that "the legal farming of wild animals does not deter poaching. Governments have attempted the strategy of allowing legal sale of endangered animal products - with disastrous results."