South African appeal court backs domestic rhino horn trade

Tourists view a rhino at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a government bid to retain a ban on domestic trade in rhino horns. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The government said it was still studying the judgment, which was handed down last week.
  • Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2015 in another year of carnage by poachers driven by the soaring price of horn.
  • South Africa is home to around 20,000 rhinos, some 80 per cent of the worldwide population.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

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