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WWF Statement on South African High Court Rejection of Government Appeal against Ending the Moratorium on Domestic Rhino Horn Trade

In response to the South African high court ruling against a government appeal to a recent ruling to lif the moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade, WWF released the following statement from Dr. Jo Shaw, Rhino Program Manager for WWF South Africa:

“The High Court ruling is a serious blow. There is no market for rhino horn in South Africa so lifting the domestic moratorium can only encourage illegal activity, especially as it is likely to be misconstrued as a lifting of the current international trade ban.

"Efforts should rather be focussed on actions to stop the organized criminal syndicates involved in rhino horn trafficking as well as good regulation of existing rhino horn stockpiles and increased capacity at ports of entry and exit to detect illegal wildlife products.”