PHASA Executive Committee on Rhino

•Expert evidence from enforcement and trade monitoring agencies indicated a direct link between the export of rhino horn from recent legal rhino hunting by Vietnamese, from rhino poaching on private and state land, from cross border smuggling and from the theft of rhino horn from stockpiles, museums, etc. and Far Eastern syndicates.

• In the light of the evidence and the questionable legality of the end use of certain rhino horn hunted in South Africa, PHASA strongly advises its members not to book and conduct hunts with nationals from Vietnam or other Far Eastern countries until Government “has removed this abuse from the SA legal system” which it has undertaken to do in the near future.

• PHASA members with a long term interest in South African hunting and conservation are strongly urged to heed this advisory.