SOUTH AFRICA REINSTATES MORATORIUM ON DOMESTIC RHINO HORN TRAD
The department of environmental resources in South Africa announced on June 8 that a moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horns has been reinstated. This means that no new permits will be authorized to trade rhino horns or products until the Constitutional Court makes a decision about the legality of domestic rhino horn trade. The moratorium was prompted by an appeal by the department of environmental conservation to South Africa's top court. In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals rejected the government's bid to uphold a seven-year ban on rhino horn trade. The case now awaits ruling in the Constitutional Court. This matter does not affect international rhino horn trade. Domestic buyers include people who keep horns because their value appreciates, as well as those who want home decoration. Conservationists have expressed concern that domestic buyers can also sell to illegal markets in countries such as China and Vietnam. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-rhinos-trade-idUKKCN0YU1L9.