Rhino Horn Trade – Public Consultation

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Barbara Dallas Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has invited members of the public to submit to the Scientific Authority (South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)), within 30 days from the date of the publication of the notice in the Gazette, written scientific information relating to the non-detriment findings:

Notice 1105 “to publish non-detriment findings for Ceratotherium simum simum (white rhinoceros) made by the Scientific Authority” and a recommendation to explore rhino horn trade “for primarily non-commercial” purposes as notified in Government Gazette, Vol. 650, No. 42660, (pages 33 – 63), Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), dated 22 August 2019.

IWB’s submission is given here (in PDF file format)

Rhino Horn Trade Consultation, 2 September 2019


Please submit to the consultation (before 22 September 2019) at the following addresses:

By post to: Chair: Scientific Authority South African National Biodiversity Institute Attention: Ms M Pfab Private Bag X101 PRETORIA 0001

By hand at: 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0001

By email: [email protected]

By fax: 086 555 9863

Further Reading

White rhinos for sale, one careful owner: tycoon looks for a billionaire to buy his conservation ranch,” The Guardian, 28 April 2023

Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade: Corrupt officers, diplomats and prosecutors – inside Asia’s deadly rhino horn market,” The Independent, 12 February 2021

Scrutinizing Ranchers’ Arguments For Legal Rhino Horn Trade,” Jared Kakura, Wild Things Initiative, 11 November 2019

Cops recover 100 rhino horns, four tiger carcasses, guns and ammunition during raids,” News24, 27 November 2019

Trading in rhino horn is not going to solve our extinction crisis,” Ross Harvey, Daily Maverick, 15 October 2019

Top rhino rancher running out of options after property auction flop,” Ed Stoddard, Daily Maverick, 25 September 2019

Stop The Slaughter – Close Down Domestic Rhino Horn Markets,” Environmental Investigation Agency, August 2019

Rhinos: Trade in horn and increase trophy hunting, says Minister. Have your say, within 30 days,” Africa Geographic, 26 August 2019

A Reverse Listing System Saves Human Lives; So, Why Not Endangered Species?,” Nature Needs More, 26 August 2019

Quo vadis South Africa’s rhino rancher supreme?” Daily Maverick, 22 August 2019

South Africa pushes for trade in endangered wildlife,” Andreas Wilson-Spath, Daily Maverick, 19 August 2019

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