As rhino poaching numbers climb in several African regions, even as the species becomes more endangered, a controversial new way of stopping the practice is gaining traction: the rhinos are tranquilized, their horns harvested and they’re allowed to live and grow new ones.
The proposed solution would be rhino farms where the animals would be anesthetized and de-horned to try and decrease poaching and illegal sales.
To squelch the black market, Gwin says some advocate for rhino ranches, where the horns are cut in a way that allows them to grow back. The horns would then be harvested for legal.
Many conservation groups oppose the practice.