Rhino sale bombshell hidden in new draft regulations

Conservation Action Trust decries the pathetic attitude of the South African government

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Rhino sale bombshell hidden in new draft regulations

27 February 2017 | Daily Maverick | Don Pinnock | Free to publish credit CAT

Photo by Steve Evans via Flickr. The public has until March 10 to respond to draft regulations by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) which seek to make widespread sale of rhino horn legal and could undermine attempts by CITES to save rhinos. Speaking in a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday February 21, Minister … Full Story →

ANALYSIS: Lies, damned lies and rhino statistics

28 February 2017 | Business Day | Tony Carnie |

A 10% fall in poaching last year is not the good news it appears to be — especially considering SA plans to resume its horn trade, writes Tony Carnie Picture: REUTERS The latest 10% drop in the national rhino poaching statistics may sound like good news, but it masks the fact that the decade-long bloodbath … Full Story →


Something’s not right in the DoEA

24 February 2017 | politicsweb | Ian Cox |

On 8 February the government announced new draft regulations permitting the internal trade in rhino horn. This follows a decision in November 2015 when the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria overturned the previous moratorium on the trade in rhino horn. Author, investigative journalist and environmental activist, Don Pinnock, suggests in articles published in the Daily … Full Story →


Minister Molewa highlights progress on Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros

27 February 2017 | DEA | Department of Environmental Affairs |

This statement covers the period January through December 2016, which is inclusive of the period September to December 2016.   As you will all know, rhino poaching is a National Priority Crime, and we as government continue to work as a team in the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros. This is our … Full Story →


EU set to ban raw ivory exports from July

22 February 2017 | The Guardian | Arthur Neslen |

The EU is set to ban raw ivory exports from 1 July as it struggles to deal with what was almost certainly another record year of ivory seizures across the continent in 2016. Europe sells more raw and carved ivory to the world than anywhere else, feeding a seemingly insatiable appetite for elephant tusks in … Full Story →