It has been decided that South Africa will not bid to have the global ban on trade in rhino horn lifted, however it will maintain its existing policy of stockpiling the commodity, a cabinet minister said on Thursday, 22 April. This comes after South Africa, where thousands of rhinos have been killed for their valuable horns, considered global trading in rhino horns as a possible way of stemming the poaching activities.
“The recommendations endorse South Africa’s integrated strategic management approach to resolving the poaching of rhino and illegal trade in rhino,” Jeff Radebe, minister in the presidency, told the media at a briefing. “The committee recommends that the current mode of keeping the country’s stock levels should be kept as opposed to the trading in rhino horns,” Radebe said, citing an advisory committee’s findings on the feasibility of trading in rhino horns.
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