SA may sell rhino horns

FILE PICTURE: Rhino horn. Picture: supplied

FILE PICTURE: Rhino horn. Picture: supplied

After 1 215 rhinos were poached last year, it’s a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures and these may include selling off rhino horn stockpiles.

In this light, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa will today introduce a committee of inquiry – formerly known as the panel of experts – and make public the committee’s terms of reference.

“The committee is tasked with, inter alia, investigating the feasibility of South Africa tabling a proposal for a trade in rhino horn, or not – at the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in 2016. South Africa has not taken a decision on the issue,” the department of environmental affairs said yesterday.

“The committee of inquiry will assist and make recommendations to the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) appointed by Cabinet. The IMC will meet as soon as the committee of inquiry has finalised a report for its consideration.”

Molewa has invited the public and stakeholders to register to participate in the committee’s work.


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