The proposed legislation is using a loophole in the regulations to export rhino horns to other countries, only four months after a request from Swaziland to export rhino horns was rejected by the 17th meeting of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
According to CTV News Canada, the draft regulations would allow a foreigner with the proper permits to export for “personal use” up to two rhino horns. However, critics of the plan say that it would be difficult to monitor any exported horns because they would more than likely end up in the commercial market in defiance of global restrictions that protect the threatened species.
South Africa is home to most of the world’s rhinos. An international ban on the sale and trade in rhino horns has been in effect since 1977, and South Africa imposed a moratorium on in 2009 when the poaching of rhinos spiked as demand for the horns grew in Asia, particularly in Vietnam.
South Africa ranks right up with Indonesia when it comes to environmental – wildlife stupid.