Allison Thomson from Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching comments on the Flawed arguments and risks of the legal trade in Rhino horn. " I listened to the interview with John Cupido yesterday on the radio and realised just how little people understand the risks involved in opening up trade. One of the statements made yesterday was that we should sell our stockpile and use all that money for rhino conservation - by doing this we would "satisfy" the market and poaching would stop. Few people really understand that our stockpile is actually pretty small in comparison to the demand. If you look at what happened with the ivory sales (see the latest french sale of ivory where the price dropped dramatically) when CITES gave their go ahead for once off sales the buying countries got together and agreed to go in at reserve price so the "value" that the sellers had placed on the ivory stocks was not realised. Also despite getting the funding they did from the sales it did little to stop the poaching in fact the poaching increased to catastrophic proportions. I do not for a moment believe that any funds raised from opening trade in Rhino horn will be put towards rhino conservation. What has happened to the millions of dollars that has already been donated to rhino conservation in SA? How has that stopped the poaching? It has not - so throwing money at the problem will not stop the poaching. Strict enforcement and prosecution is the only solution to stop the poaching. We have to have the best possible crime scene investigators, the best possible DNA database, the best possible prosecutors, the best possible investigations, we need to take down the syndicates and we need to protect our borders. Having a legal trade does not stop poaching - see the bust last week of 54 000 pieces of perlemoen in the Jhb region - we have 15 legal perlemoen farms in SA - how has that stopped the poaching? With a corrupt government with a finger in the pie when it comes to confiscated perlemoen there is no incentive whatsoever to stop the poachers in the sea - there is only an incentive to confiscate the perlemoen and take the funding themselves. The same goes for poaching - rather confiscate the horns than stop the poaching - add those horns to the stockpile ..... you can connect the dots." - Allison Thomson. OSCAP. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSCAP/ Trading any animal parts is wrong!!!