Lemon trees aren’t cut down for the lemons. Rhinos shouldn’t be killed for their horns.
Since the moratorium in 2009, rhino killings from poaching has rocketed with fatalities reaching in excess of 1000 per annum in recent years. Significant money and resources has been spent on protecting rhino since then but this status quo cannot continue. Dehorning of rhino has become a necessity in an effort to discourage poachers and custodians of rhino should be able to use this to their advantage i.e. the selling of surplus horn to fund their protection efforts. In the absence of such a revenue stream, or indeed a significant and immediate reduction in demand, the attainment of which has been a focus of conservation efforts for decades now, the future of this species is looking exceedingly bleak.