The constitutional courts in South Africa have decided to lift the ban on domestic trade of rhino horns allowing for them to be legally exchanged throughout the country.

A ban on international trade remains but the new ruling puts all South African rhinos at risk. Breeders argue the decision will actually prevent mass animal killings, and fervently point out that permits are required to buy and sell rhino horn.

But what has already been going on illegally for decades is now completely legal and conservationists fear for the fate of South African rhinos  for good reason.