South Africa’s Environmental Minister Edna Molewa: Plan to sell rhino horn and wildlife

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs is increasingly seeing wildlife a commodity to be marketed rather than protected and a currency for community development. This was made clear yesterday [July 24] at a Parliamentary report-back on the management of rhinos. It outlined licensing the sale of rhino horn and the gift of hundreds of thousands of wild animals for community farming.

The Department’s position follows a month-long Rhino Laboratory held last year and was presented by a high-level panel consisting of Environmental Minister Edna Molewa as well as ministers of State Security David Mahlobo and Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nquakula.

Following a Constitutional Court ruling that overturned restrictions on domestic trade of rhino horn, Environmental Affairs  has prepared and will soon roll out licensing to purchase horns ‘for personal use.’

Given that rhino horn within the country has little value other than the possibility of massive profits from its (presently illegal) marketing to Asia, Molewa was asked how the government planned to halt ‘leakage’ from domestic trade into criminal transnational syndicates. She said all state-owned (45 tonnes) and private horn would be listed and micro-chipped.

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Source: eTN