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South Africa to back rhino horn trade

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South Africa’s government is backing the legalization of trade in rhino horns in an effort to stem poaching of the endangered animals.

‘‘South Africa cannot continue to be held hostage by the syndicates slaughtering our rhinos,’’ Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa told reporters Wednesday in Pretoria, the capital. ‘‘The establishment of a well-regulated international trade’’ could help curb rhino poaching, she said.

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