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Monday, 2 May 2016   /   published in South Africa

South Africa backs away from horn trade

Trading in rhino horn was perceived as an option to save the country’s rhinos. Recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry were endorsed by the Interdepartmental Technical Advisory Committee and the Inter-Ministerial Committee to investigate legalizing commercial international trade in rhino horn. The committee recommends that the current mode of keeping the country’s stock levels be retained rather than allowing trading in rhino horns.

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