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Department of Environmental Affairs appeals the Rhino Horn Moratorium Judgment

09 December 2015

 

The State Attorney, on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs has yesterday, 08 December 2015, served and filed an application for leave to appeal the rhino horn moratorium judgment handed down in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria on 26 November 2015.

The Department’s application for leave to appeal therefore suspends the operation and execution of the judgment in terms of section 18 of the Superior Courts Act, 2013 (Act No. 10 of 2013). The moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn thus remains in place.

The grounds of appeal are contained in the papers that were filed with the registrar of the abovementioned High Court yesterday and therefore the Minister will not be commenting any further on this application.

In addition, it must be emphasised that this matter does not relate to the international trade in rhino horn for commercial purposes. Commercial international trade in rhino horn is still prohibited in terms of the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

To access the application for leave to appeal, click on the link below:

>> Filed an application for leave to appeal the rhino horn moratorium judgment.

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