Johannesburg - South African NGO Oscap (Outraged SA Citizens against Poaching), supported by the Species Survival Network, which represents more than 100 local and international NGOs, on Monday delivered a letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa requesting she suspend the export of six rhino calves.
These rhino calves, which are being held under quarantine at Sondela Wildlife Centre, are destined for a zoo in Vietnam.
The letter requests Molewa to hand over copies of the documentation submitted in support of the export and asks the minister to suspend the export of the calves until the paperwork has been inspected.
In 2014, Molewa published a list of criteria to be met by facilities that are to receive live rhinos from South Africa.
Oscap has submitted PAIA (Public Access to Information Act) applications to Molewa’s department as well as to four provincial conservation departments to find out whether and how it was ascertained that these criteria had been met.