Concern as court dismisses application to appeal ban on rhino horn trade
Minister Edna Molewa is due to report back today on the department’s fight against rhino poaching.
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Environmental Affairs says it's extremely concerned that the High Court has dismissed its application for leave to appeal the ruling legalising the sale of domestic trade of rhino horn.
In November, the High Court in Pretoria granted the application by two private game farmers who called for the removal of the moratorium.
Minister Edna Molewa is due to report back today on the department's fight against rhino poaching.
The department's Albi Modise says Molewa will study the ruling before they decide on the way forward.
"We believe strongly that we conserve our rhino for purposes of current and future generations."
Modise says the department respects the court's decision but it's also disappointed as it is working hard to ensure the conservation of rhino for future generations.
"Pretty soon the minister will make an announcement about the course of action going forward."
The Private Rhino Owners Association (PROA) says it supports the ruling, saying it can now legally sell stockpiles of horn to create revenue for conservation.
The association says there will always be a demand for rhino horn and therefore there must be a change in the way the country supplies it, to reduce poaching.