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Online rhino horn auction in S. Africa

The Asian Age
Johannesburg
24 Aug 2017

Johannesburg: South Africa first online auction of rhino horn opened on Wednesday, despite protests by conservation groups that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers.

The Three day selloff, organised by the owner of the world larget rhino farm, kicked off after a last minutes legal tussle pushed its start back two days.

It has started and the seller will only be available for comment after the auction, " a representative of Pretoria-based Van`s Auctioneers who declined to be named, said after the auction website went live.



John Hume, who owns 1,500 rhinos on his farm north of Johannesburg, has stockpiled six tonnes of rhino horns and wants to sell 264 pieces weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes.

He harvests horns by tranquilsing the animals and dehorning them a technique to ward off poachers.

Activists opposed to the sale, fear it will fuel trafficking and undermine a 40 year global ban on the rhino trade.

WWF is concerned that South African police do not have the capacity to manage parallel legal trade on top of current levels of illegal poaching.