Recent rhino rumblings

This week is a busy period in rhino horn policy developments:

1. The South Africa Minister of Environment Edna Molewa went on South African TV to speak about the consultation process taking place under its Committee of Inquiry into the possible legalization of trade in rhino horn. She explains the process and fields a criticism from an anti-trade lobbyist.

2. The CITES Secretariat is convening a Ministerial dialogue and senior officials meeting for key States concerned with the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn. The website does not link to an agenda, but no doubt a press release will follow at the end of the meeting.

3. The US announced that it is integrating illegal wildlife enforcement measures into its Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP. The US official says the following in the article:

Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, says if it passes, countries found to be involved in illegal wildlife trafficking could face trade sanctions.

“What we’re doing through the Trans-Pacific Partnership is first of all making sure environmental issues are central to the agreement, including things like wildlife trafficking, and then making them fully enforceable just like any other provision of the trade agreement,” he says.

The U.S. is also trying to make this part of a trade deal with the European Union.

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