How does the US combat rhino poaching:
Working under the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), 150 law enforcement officers were recruited to tackle all aspects of U.S. involvement in the black market rhino horn trade. They have infiltrated the undercover horn smuggling ring and since 2012 have netted 15 arrests and 7 convictions throughout the country.
Most recently as part of Operation Crash, the owner of a Chinese antique shop and ringleader of a horn smuggling conspiracy was sentenced in New Jersey. The man was given 70 months in prison for wildlife trafficking. Although not seemingly long enough, it was of the longest ever imposed in the United States for a wildlife smuggling offense.
“As this case clearly demonstrates, rhino trafficking is increasingly organized, well financed and a threat to the rule of law. The United States is resolved to bring wildlife traffickers to justice, ” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Hirsch
In addition to coordinating sting operations, the USFWS recently officially listed the white rhino as a threatened species. This is a crucial action, as it closes a huge loophole in trafficking of all rhino horns. (see previous post: US Closes Loophole in Horn Trafficking)