Few bidders in online sale of South African rhino horn

Posted August 26

— A rhino breeder in South Africa who held what he called the world's first legal online auction of rhino horns says there were fewer bidders and sales than expected.

However, a law firm representing breeder John Hume said Saturday that the two-day auction sets the stage for future sales. It says "very few" bidders signed up because they had fewer than two days to register after a court ordered the South African government to grant a selling permit to Hume.

Hume says a legal trade will undercut rhino poaching. Critics believe it will spur demand and tempt poachers to launder horns into the legal trade.

While the court opened the way to a domestic trade in rhino horn, South Africa says it respects an international trade ban dating to 1977.


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  • Josha Barton Aug 27, 6:22 p.m.
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    When drugs are legalized, the victims are are no longer criminalized and they are their own victims, along with their families etc.
    But when crimes against others , including animals, are legalized, the animals aren't protected from becoming endangered or extinct.

  • Maureen Mercer Aug 27, 9:23 a.m.
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    May future auctions like this be permitted.