Rhinos' "safekeeping" in question
It's no secret that South African governance has been gunning for legal trade in rhino horn. This has been their agenda all along. But with the recent CITES convention, independent analysis from varying groups and global public pressure, it's looking less and less possible they will get their way. Still, rhinos continue to be slaughtered. So what options does South Africa have?
They could have stricter laws against poaching, including straight jail time with no chance at a lessened sentence or parole would be a good start. Also, prosecutors who specialize in poaching and trafficking crime who have no choice but to implement the stricter law, and a shoot-to-kill policy for their rangers, combined with immunity for those rangers put in a shooting situation.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma could direct funding toward supplies for rangers and APUs, and work in tandem with other countries to stop the massacre. As president, he has the power to set the tone by conveying a no tolerance policy.
But instead South Africa chooses to send the rhinos away. Mr. Zuma, is it really easier to change locations for hundreds of one-ton animals instead of changing laws?