Richard Peirce, author of The Poacher’s Moon, speaks to Tamara LePine-Williams on Classic FM about the poaching crisis in South Africa, along with Killing for Profit author Julian Rademeyer.
“Rhino poaching for a long time has been described as a priority crime but whether it really is a priority crime is a question,” Rademeyer says.
Peirce speaks about supply and demand and how decreasing demand can curb poaching. “Coming from a shark background I’m delighted to say that we’ve started to see some progress, and we’ve started to see some progress because of reduction in demand. I think the laws of trade mean that if there’s a demand there will always be a supply, whether illegal or legal, and simply making something illegal is not the answer.”
Peirce refers to the tonnes of rhino horns in government storage as an opportunity to launch a global PR campaign to raise awareness.
“Rhino horn as a substance in terms of doing anything good for humans is worthless, so why not make a big play of giving this worthless substance for no money because it’s worthless to the Vietnamese government and say the condition is we’ll give you all this complete rubbish because it’s useless, it’s just protein, you must give it free at the point of supply with a public warning that says, By all means eat this but it’s the same as your fingernails,” Peirce says. Audiofile.