(AP) -- South Africa's government is moving ahead with plans to
allow a domestic trade and limited export of rhino horns, alarming many
international conservationists who believe rhinos will be more
vulnerable to poachers after a record slaughter in the past decade.
regulations would allow a foreigner with permits to export "for
personal purposes" a maximum of two rhino horns. Critics argue that any
exported horns would be hard to monitor and likely would end up on the
commercial market, defying global agreements to protect threatened rhino
Most of the world's rhinos live
in South Africa. An international ban on trade in rhino horns has been
in place since 1977, and South Africa imposed a moratorium on the
domestic trade in 2009, when rhino poaching was accelerating to meet
growing demand for horns in parts of Asia, especially Vietnam.