If South Africa Lifts The Ban On Trading Rhino Horns, Will Rhinos Benefit?

A South African ‘rhino farmer’ is suggesting a different plan for saving the rhinos. John Hume, who owns more than 1,300 of the animals, says more rhinos would live if their horns were periodically cut and sold. He says he learned rhinos are docile, even friendly. Now, South Africa’s highest court is preparing to decide whether to uphold the country’s domestic ban on trading rhino horn. Private rhino owners like Hume contend that meeting demand for rhino horn is the best way to curb poaching and save the species. Rhino horn grows back if not fully removed from the animal, and Hume regularly trims it off his animals. He has stockpiled 5 tons of the stuff.

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