South Africa’s legalization of rhino horn trade undermines our progress with China
We’ve seen considerable progress for the rhino’s future ever since China’s domestic rhino horn ban was issued in 1993. As one of the world’s largest markets for rhino horn production – now and in the past – China’s stance matters.
But this past February, the South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs issued a statement to, in a nutshell, relax regulations for the export of rhino horns. Then – if that wasn’t enough – in April, the country’s highest court reversed a 2009 nationwide moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade.
Simply put, this will significantly spur the demand of rhino horn.
Take action right now. Join us by sending a message to Mr. Li Chunliang, Director, CITES Management Authority of China, and tell him China must stand its ground to save rhinos!