Prohibition has failed every time it’s been tried. Becuase it doesn’t account for human nature. This plan, on the other hand, works WITH it.
This strategy involves hitting both supply AND demand to protect endangered rhinos.
Let’s be honest about the size of the problem:
Rhinos could be extinct within 10 years.
So how do you fix it?
Like the video says, there are ‘awareness’ movements trying to stop it, but they are failing.
They’ve been using billboards and cartoons to make rhinos ‘cute’ (‘please don’t kill my family’) and to guilt people to stop using it.
That assumes the audience you’re trying to reach actually cares. Kenya burned 100 tons of confiscated elephants and rhino horns. 1000 Park Rangers have been murdered.
It’s unlikely that a cartoon rhino is going to carry much weight with the people that murdered 1000 Park Rangers.
There’s another way.
Kenya burned 100 tons of confiscated elephants and rhino horns. 1000 Park Rangers have been murdered.
South Africa briefly legalized the ownership of rhinos… and their population quadrupled. When sales were outlawed again, poaching skyrocketed.
Watch John Stossel discuss Real solutions with an Environmentalist prohibitionist, including a clever way to drive the VALUE of rhino horns WAY down. Watch the video to see the idea more fully unpacked.
Environmentalists instincts almost always reject capitalism.
But Capitalism is just the economic expression of human nature.
Why fight it, if it can help save a species?
That’s the whole point, isn’t it?