SOUTH AFRICA WILL NOT SEEK TO LIFT BAN ON RHINO HORN TRADE
South Africa said it will not seek to lift the global ban on rhino horn trading and will retain its current policy of stockpiling the commodity. Poachers in South Africa kill thousands of rhinos for their horns, which are valuable in Asian markets. South Africa had considered trading rhino horns globally as a tactic to combat poaching activities, but ultimately decided to retain the current policy of keeping the rhino horns rather than selling them. Rhino horns are used in Asia for traditional remedies, and last year, over 1,300 rhinos were killed illegally in Africa to meet a growing demand. The commercial exchange of rhino horns was banned in 1977, which means that if South Africa had decided to allow trading of horns, it would have needed to take that decision to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species for approval. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-rhinos-idUKKCN0XI16U.