This is an “extremely dangerous decision” has taken the southern justice -africaine, according to environmentalists. A judgment of the Pretoria court suspended “the moratorium on the sale of rhino horn”, allowing his business in South Africa. NGOs fear an “intensification” of poaching against this species already threatened with extinction by this practice.
1,200 rhinos killed in 2014
The debate began several years ago between opponents and supporters of legalization is raging in South Africa, home to 80% of the world population of rhinos and where the Poaching has exploded in recent years. In 2014, the country recorded the worst massacre of its history with 1215 rhinos killed, most in the famous Kruger Park.
This traffic feeds an underground market of traditional Asian medicine, particularly in Vietnam and China, where it lends therapeutic properties, unproven scientifically, to the horn powder.
“Buy lawfully” horn
“My client hopes that the legalization of trade will help reduce poaching. Instead of killing the animals, the people who will want the horn can buy legally from d animals alive, “responded Izak du Toit, lawyer John Hume, one of the complainants who educates over 1,200 rhincéros on ranches in South Africa.
The South African Ministry of Environment announced his intention to appeal the judgment. But in the immediate, trade in rhino horn is legal in South Africa and is subject to the issuance of a permit.
For NGOs, poaching will increase
For many environmentalists, the legalization of trade in rhino horn could aggravate the lucrative poaching scourge. “This is an extremely dangerous decision. When a country legalizes trade of this kind, poaching increases dramatically,” warned Jason Bell, director of South Africa IFAW animal rights organization. “It is said that the black market rhino horn kilo sells for $ 60,000,” says Izak du Toit.
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