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Sunday 20 May 2018

Legal online sale of rhino horn planned despite ban

The online sale of horn belonging to breeder John Hume will take place from August 21 to 24 and revenue will be used to “further fund the breeding and protection of rhinos”, according to an auction website. Photo: AP Photo
The online sale of horn belonging to breeder John Hume will take place from August 21 to 24 and revenue will be used to “further fund the breeding and protection of rhinos”, according to an auction website. Photo: AP Photo

Christopher Torchia in Johannesburg

A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horn, capitalising on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban imposed to curb widespread poaching.

The online sale of horn belonging to breeder John Hume will take place from August 21 to 24 and revenue will be used to "further fund the breeding and protection of rhinos", according to an auction website.

Van's, a Pretoria-based auction house, is overseeing the sale. Rhino breeders believe poaching would be undercut by a regulated trade in rhino horn, though critics say trade will spur poaching.

Mr Hume has more than 1,500 rhinos on his ranch and spends €150,000 monthly on security for the animals. "Each rhino's horn is safely and regularly trimmed by a veterinarian and capture team to prevent poachers from harming them," it said, adding that Mr Hume has a stockpile of more than six tons of rhino horn.

Irish Independent

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