Government to investigate allowing rhino horn trade

By Andy Rice 7 October 2010

The department of environmental and water affairs is to launch an investigation into the sustainability and legality of allowing international and national rhino horn trade. Buyelwa Sonjica's department was tasked with this scientific investigation at the end of a two-day rhino conference in Pretoria on Wednesday. Other resolutions that were taken at the conference, which was convened to discuss the recent spike in rhino poaching, include dehorning some animals and placing microchips in their horns. Most of the delegates were against a moratorium on rhino hunting, saying that limiting hunting was causing poaching to increase. There's also the fact that South Africa isn't the only country to ban rhino poaching, so the department will have to do a proper job of convincing quite a few countries around the world that legalising the trade in rhino horn is what will eventually save the rhino. Read more: Beeld, via News24


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