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Monday
Jun092008

South Africa freezes rhino horn trade

The South African government has announced a moratorium on trade in rhino horns following concerns that trophy hunting permits were being abused and horns illegally exported, reports the Independent online.

Marthinus puts freeze on rhino horn trading
Independent online
9 June 2008


Some hunters have been abusing permits to shoot rhinos and export illegally obtained rhino horns - probably poached and directly linked to organised crime - as "hunting trophies".

This was revealed by Environmental Affairs Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk last week when he announced a national moratorium on the trade in individual rhino horns.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn20080609114119227C941799

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