The South African Constitutional Court has rejected government’s bid to ban domestic rhino horn trade.
A person would still need a permit in order to buy or sell rhino horn, but only within South Africa. The ban on international trade is still in effect, as it has been for the last 40 years.
While this move may anger many, other believe it is the only realistic way to stop rhino poaching. As South Africa is home to 80% of the world’s rhino population, it’s obviously the biggest target when it comes to poaching.
Some local breeders believe that rhino horn demand in Asia can be met by humanely dehorning live rhinos, which is the lesser of two evils when compared to the poacher’s method of simply killing and then dehorning.
Many conservationists, however, believe that it is not a smart move, as lifting any sort of trade ban will make life easier for illegal traders.