First Ever Legal Rhino Horn Auction in South Africa Has Just Begun to the Dismay of Conservationists

Conor Gaffey
Newsweek
First Ever Legal Rhino Horn Auction in South Africa Has Just Begun to the Dismay of Conservationists
First Ever Legal Rhino Horn Auction in South Africa Has Just Begun to the Dismay of Conservationists

The world’s most prolific rhino breeder has come up with a plan to end a poaching industry that has seen 5,000 of the rare animals killed in the last five years in South Africa—but it is controversial. Johannesburg breeder John Hume organized the first ever legal auction of rhino horn on Wednesday, lasting for three days and putting up 264 rhino horns for sale to willing buyers in South Africa. Cut-off rhino horns are weighed and stored at John Hume’s Rhino Ranch in Klerksdorp, North West province, South Africa, on February 3, 2016.

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