Environment & Energy Report

African Conservationists Blast China’s New Trade in Rhino Horn

Nov. 1, 2018, 6:38 PM

China’s decision to reverse a ban on the trade of rhino horn is bad news for one of Africa’s most threatened species, African wildlife conservationists said.

In interviews conducted by Bloomberg Environment since China legalized trade in tiger bone and rhino horn Oct. 29, conservationists expressed concern that the decision to reverse the ban will increase demand, open new trade channels for horns harvested in the wild, and boost illegal poaching.

Demand for rhino horn is already killing more than 1,000 rhinos across Sub-Saharan Africa, Philip Muruthi, vice president for species conservation at Nairobi-based African Wildlife Foundation, said.


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