If poachers need tusks and horns, why do they kill the animals, can’t they shave the tusk/horn off?

Answer by Rory Young:

When Zimbabwe first began de-horning rhinos they found the poachers still shot them.

The reason for this is that If they left them alive then they might end up wasting their time tracking a hornless animal at a later date.

Poachers will shoot a rhino for a little bit of regrowth because the horn is so valuable. The only way for de-horning to work is for all the animals in a wildlife area to be de-horned and for the horns to be cut off again when they grow back.

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