South Africa’s first legal online rhino horn auction totally failed

Private rhino horn owner John Hume, held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction during 2017, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino owners to be able to sell legal horn stocks. However, in a statement released on Hume’s behalf it was admitted that there were very few bidders for the 264 horns. The auctions result is a setback to achieve a legal, commercial trade in horn to replace poached horn in supplying demand in the main markets. Hume’s official statement tried to put a brave face on it, saying he had triumphed and that a legal and sustainable supply has been established. He…

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