Ban on rhino horn trade lifted

SA judge Francis Legodi has lifted the domestic ban on trade in rhino horns imposed by government in 2009 to reduce poaching

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According to media reports, the moratorium was set aside after SA game breeders John Hume and Johan Kruger initiated a legal battle to overturn the ban.

The decision comes ahead of a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg next year, where SA planned to submit a proposal to legalise international trade in rhino horn.

Rhino poaching in SA led to 1 215 rhino being killed last year for their horns. Some private rhino breeders believe selling legally harvested horns could supress black market trade.

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