TGA Comment on the Swaziland request to sell Rhino Horn

The Conservation Imperative. posted a short whiteboard video on Facebook, looking at Swaziland’s proposal.

The Kingdom of Swaziland has submitted a proposal to CITES.

It wants to sell its stock of 330 kg of rhino horn, collected from natural deaths to a small number of licensed retailers in the Far East.

A wholesale price of $30,000 per kg would realize around US $9.9 million. It also wants to sell non-lethally obtained, harvested horn at the rate of 20 kg per annum.

This will raise a further US $600,000. A total recurrent annual revenue of US $1.2 million could be realized if the total amount was invested in an endowment fund.

This money would help Swaziland’s rhino parks pay for protection costs by: improving the salaries of rangers at the dangerous frontline of rhino protection. The purchase of much needed additional infrastructure and equipment and providing supplementary food for rhino during periods of drought.

TGA Comment

Of course Swaziland should be allowed to sell its stock-pile of rhino horn; as should every other “rhino custodian in South Africa”.

What this draws attention to is the absolute absurdity of perpetuating the existence of CITES, an organisation that was designed to “regulate” the wildlife trade but which has (under animal rights control) become an organ to “prohibit” it.   CITES has never done anything positive for wildlife in Africa – so why should African states remain members?  It has now been ‘captured’ by the international animal rights brigade; and I think that the general public should prepare itself to see moves by responsible sovereign states to extract themselves from this greatly failed experiment.

Certainly, the True Green Alliance would celebrate the total destruction of CITES.

Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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One thought on “TGA Comment on the Swaziland request to sell Rhino Horn

  • So what would happen if Swaziland – a nation, stood up to CITES, ignored them and sold their available horn on the open market?


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