New curbs for rhino hunts

2012-04-05 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The number of rhinos poached in South Africa this year stands at the “alarming figure” of 159, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said yesterday.

Government would be implementing interventions to assist in the fight against poaching, Molewa said. The department will next week Gazette that:

• All removed rhino horns have to get a microchip and unique number.

• Hunters will have to prove their membership with a hunting club and hunting experience.

• Rhinos which are sold must get microchips.

• A limit of one trophy rhino hunt per hunter per year.

• Rhinos may only be hunted under supervision of a conservation officer.

• Laws in the hunter’s country of origin and the country where the horn will be displayed will be considered to ensure that both have laws in place to ensure the horns are used for trophies.

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