A South African court Thursday threw out a moratorium on the trade of rhino horns, a move hotly debated in a country that, more than any other, holds the survival of the species in its hands.
Proponents of lifting the ban argue that doing so will discourage illegal poaching that has steadily increased since the moratorium was enacted in 2009. Opponents say dropping the moratorium will place more pressure on stressed rhino populations.
An international ban remains, meaning South African farmers cannot trade with Vietnam or China, the principal markets for rhino horn.
"There's no demand for rhino horn on the domestic market. If you have got no one to trade with you,...