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Canned Hunting Canned hunting may have serious implications for the hunting industry in South Africa.

Economics of rhino trade AT US$8bn-$10bn/year, Vietnam’s illicit trade in wildlife and wildlife products dwarfs SA’s growing R10bn/year tourism industry.

Antelope bubble will pop This is a response on the article of CEO Chris Niehaus on the economic risks of trading in colour variations.

Biltongjag Statistieke Resultate van nuwe navorsing oor die ekonomie van biltongjag deur Noorwes Universiteit dui dat daar ‘n styging van 12% in besteding  per jagter per ekspedisie was sedert 2010.

New regulations to prevent pollution  Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa gazetted pollution prevention regulations in terms of the 2004 Air Quality Act in March that will come into effect in  March next year.

Rhino poaching in Namibia on the rise Three Chinese men found in possession of 14 rhino horns and a leopard skin were arrested on the Hosea Kutako International Airport within a week.

Carbon Tax postponed till 2016  Government proposed a carbon tax of R120 per ton of carbon equivalent, which was due to start in January 2015 as a measure to help South Africa reduce its carbon footprint.

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SA Hunters question WWF’s stance on rhino horn trade

SA Hunters strongly refutes the preposterous statement by Colman O’Criodian of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that legalising rhino horn trade would increase poaching. It was reported in the media last week, that both WWF and Traffic would oppose any pro trade proposals at the CITES meeting in Bangkok from 3 – 13 March.

O’ Criodian, who claimed he had visited South Africa a while ago, said the calls from South African game farmers and rhino owners’ to legalise the trade were ‘ridicilous’, and that there were many ‘ethical issues’. These so-called ethical issues were not explained. How ethical is it to allow the extinction of a species through irresponsible actions?

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Conservation body blames lax attitude by government for rhino horn contraband

PRETORIA -The Minister of Environmental Affairs and government officials are to blame for the huge consignment of 33 rhino horns and ivory valued at a reported value of approximately R18 million, which was shipped illegally to Hong Kong where it was discovered by alert officials.

SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) applauds the vigilance of Hong Kong customs officials, but holds the Minister responsible for being part of the destruction of a unique element of South Africa’s natural heritage. “South Africa is the only place where rhinoceros can still really roam freely and this rare privilege will soon be something of the past if government, both national and provincial, continues to regard conservation as a low budgetary priority,” says Dr. Herman Els, hunting and conservation manager at SAHGCA.

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The South Africa – Viet Nam Rhino Horn Trade Nexus

A deadly combination of institutional lapses, corrupt wildlife industry professionals and Asian crime syndicates

By Tom Milliken and Jo Shaw with contributions from Richard H. Emslie, Russell D. Taylor and Chris Turton

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Legalising the trade in rhino horn can curb scourge of rhino poaching

The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) is calling on Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to seriously consider lifting the ban on the national trade of rhino horn as a first step in a process to curb the scourge of rhino poaching in a sustainable manner. The second step would be for the South African authorities to convince the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to lift its ban on the commercial trade of rhino horn in favour of a well-regulated, legal international trade.

SAHGCA says the selling of rhino horn must only take place on condition that every transaction is subject to the issuing of a DNA certificate for every horn sold. The detail of every seller and buyer can be logged on the rhino DNA database held by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at Onderstepoort. ’Such a bold step will immediately increase the value of the living animal versus the once-off economic value of the poached animal’s horn,’ says SA Hunters’ President, Mr Fred Camphor.

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