South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade

South Africa says 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014 for their horn which is used as a traditional medicine in East AsiaA South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, alarming conservationists who described it as an "extremely dangerous move" that could worsen a poaching crisis. The government said it planned to appeal against the ruling, which was delivered in the Pretoria High Court after two South African game breeders fought a legal battle to overturn the moratorium. The court decision came ahead of a meeting in Johannesburg next year of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which could lift the global ban.


November 26, 2015 5:03 pm

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