This was my first video for Stossel TV, and now there's good news! South Africa legalized rhino horn sales shortly after this video first was posted, and since then, rhino poaching FELL.
Poachers massacre rhinos for their horns. Just one can sell for as much as $300,000. Some are carved into ornaments. Some are ground up and sold as medicine.
But if horns were cheap, few criminals would take the risk and go to the trouble of killing rhinos.
So entrepreneur Matt Markus has a plan to save the rhinos: drive poachers out of business by 3D-printing cheap horns.
Markus says: "When things are abundant, people don’t kill, fight or steal."
Rhino farmers also guard rhinos because they sell Rhino horns without killing them. That drives down prices, too. In 2008, South Africa banned selling horns. Prices and poaching skyrocketed. Then in 2017, South Africa legalized sales. Since then, poaching declined.
But environmental groups HATE the idea of any market for horns. I debate a representative from the Humane Society in the video above.
I am against killing (its not "hunting" ) animals for their horns and pelts. Here in 2021 it is absolutely unnecessary - NO ONE is going to starve or go unclothed or suffer any negative consequences for want of a warm pelt, an ivory trinket and rhino horn drug/elixir...
There can be no defense - no argument in favor of killing rhinos for sport much less for sawing off their horns.
You just can't logically defend such practice. Likewise for elephants and their ivory tusks.
If you can show evidence that certain species are overpopulated - such as white tail deer in USA - the some culling of the herd can be justified. Nevertheless, the fact of that particular matter is that almost NONE of the venison taken during "deer season" is actually consumed by humans. Almost all deer hunters (maybe half of them or less?) will drop off the carcasses at deer processing facilities and "donate" the meat. They killed the deer for the pleasure of killing. Face it - almost all "hunters" are in it for the indulging of the human impulse to kill - to draw blood.
If and or whenever we experience a societal collapse then "hunting" and trapping will become necessary for survival. Until then there just is no good argument for the wanton killing of thousands of wild animals every year.
I own guns - I am an avid shooter - I do NOT "hunt". I get plenty of pleasure and satisfaction putting a bullet hole through a bullseye out to 400 yards - could easily go further but I fail to see the point in doing so.
The handguns, rifles and shotguns I own are my "grown up" toys so to speak. I derive a lot of fun and pleasure shooting clays, bullseye targets and ringing steel plates. I do not need to draw blood in order to derive pleasure from using my guns.
God forbid I should ever have to shoot another human being - but I will if I must.
People I know who are "hunters" often shoot/kill much more game than they would ever consume. They go out and they shoot/kill their daily limit of pheasant, quail, other small game like rabbit, squirrel etc for as many days as they can during "hunting season" and I would bet that very little of that meat is ever consumed/eaten by humans. They shoot for the pleasure of killing something. Blood lust is just a plain fact of human nature.