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Posted Fri Nov 19 2010: from BBC:
Farms to harvest rare animal parts 'are not the answer'
Farming rare animal species will not halt the illegal trade in animal parts, a conservation group has warned. Care for the Wild says the fact that the animals are worth more dead than alive is hampering efforts to save species such as tigers and rhinos. They add that selling parts from captive-bred creatures would not result in a halt of illegally traded animal parts and would instead fuel demand. A kilo of powdered rhino horn can fetch 22,000 pounds on the black market. Mark Jones, programmes director of Care for the Wild International, said recent media reports suggested that the South African government was considering "a feasibility study on some kind of farming or ranching of rhinos for their horns". "This flagged up that these sort of farming initiatives are still being considered at quite high levels," he explained.
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'Doc Jim says:
Won't nature just increase the supply, if demand soars?
I thought that was the way a natural economy worked.

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