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A rhino that has since been killed by poachers at Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
A rhino that has since been killed by poachers at Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cape Town – South Africa has dumped its proposal to legalise the international trade in rhino horns, cabinet announced on Thursday.

Jeff Radebe, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, said cabinet approved the recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry on the feasibility of trading in rhino horns as one of the options to preserve the country’s rhino population.

A record 1 300 rhinos were poached in 2015. "The number of African rhinos killed by poachers has increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1 338 rhino killed by poachers across Africa in 2015," the International Union for Conservation of Nature said in March.

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