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EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Republic of South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs

The Minister of Environmental Affairs has filed a leave to appeal the South African High Court’s decision to lift the ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn.

© Georgina Lockwood
©Georgina Lockwood

The department’s application, therefore, suspends the judgment that was passed on 26 November 2015, and thus the moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn remains in place.

The minister will not be commenting any further on this application.

In addition, it must be emphasised that this matter does not relate to the international trade in rhino horn for commercial purposes. Commercial international trade in rhino horn is still prohibited in terms of the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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