Lobbyists advocating to legitimize rhino horn trade generally do not examine the use of rhino horn in Asia in terms of it being a luxury goods product. With a record 1004 rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013, rhino horn sells for as much as $80 000/kg on the black market, double the price of gold.(…)
To thwart dependence on an export economy, the Chinese government plans to urbanize 400 million rural people. Closing the inequality gap and ending poverty for 200 million people who have been left behind during the decades of rapid growth are top of the agenda. China is ready to become more active in global affairs and reshape the rules of the game, but the massive demographic problems staring China in the face is major concern that is not openly discussed.
China’s “One Child” policy of 1978 cut fertility rates and prevented nearly 300 million births in the last 30 years. For centuries, Chinese culture valued boys more than girls. Sex selective abortions lead to 119 male births for every 100 females in some provinces. The dire consequences are 32 million more males than females under the age of 20, expected to grow to 51 million by 2020. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 111 million men in China will not find a wife due to the imbalances of the sexes. Competition between men will play out in the economic arena as women will choose men with status, wealth and access to luxury goods. A race between Chinese men will have a ripple effect in many arenas, including demands for luxury resources.
China’s proliferation in African economies over the last 12 years dwarfs that of any other country. For the first time large numbers of Chinese are living in Africa, collecting ivory and rhino horn and shipping it out to Asia. China’s infiltration in Africa’s economy goes hand in hand with the devastation of Africa’s wildlife. Africa is losing an elephant every 15 minutes. The current demand for ivory in China in unprecedented. Over the last 100 years, Africa’s elephants have reduced from 3-5 million to less than 400 000 today. Less than 23 000 rhinos remain in South Africa, yet 3 are killed a day due to horn demand.(…)
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