Monday, 28 May 2018

The man who wants to sell rhino horns

Sabah Mannan

John Hume owns the largest rhino breeding farm in the world. He says that poaching is out of control in South Africa. As of today, Hume has 1536 rhinos.
He won a series of court battles earlier this year to overturn a ban on the domestic sale of rhino horn. He has a six tonne stockpile of rhino horn that he plans to sell in a three day online auction. “I firmly believe that this is the way to save rhinos from extinction, to breed them better, to protect them better. One of the ways to protect them better is not to make the horn completely unavailable to everybody”. He hopes that the sale will drive down prices and help to end poaching but the auction has also raised concerns that it could encourage illegal international trade.
Dr Kelly Marnewick, Senior Trade Officer of Endangered Wildlife Fund said that there is absolutely no evidence that shows that trade has ever curbed poaching of an animal. She also said that it is a matter of concern because the legal horn could laud the illegal horns in the market.
Rhinos are being slaughtered to supply the horns to the East.

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