People must not only refuse to purchase products derived from poaching. They must also reject them when they are offered. Finger-pointing helped spur real action by Kenya’s government. Similarly, individual shaming could help bury the pointless traditions that fuel poaching. Add to that efforts to give local communities a shared stake in saving endangered wildlife, and one has all of the elements of an effective approach — call it “blame, shame, and share.” With elephant and rhino populations dwindling fast, there is no time to waste in implementing it.
Trophy hunters are also illegally killing endangered animals. These wealthy people often come from high-status, public facing positions and would fear their loss of reputation if exposed. Identifying and releasing information on their killing of endangered species is one effective way of stopping this activity.
Source: Project Syndicate