Online rhino horn auction raises concerns for Endangered Wildlife Trust

The Environmental Affairs Department has issued rhino breeder John Hume a permit to have an online auction of rhino horns. This was granted by the High Court.

The auction was meant to encourage a transparent and internationally regulated process with the domestic selling of rhino horns.

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Conservationist Dr Kelly Marnewick says there are still a lot of concerns on the checks and balances of the auction, particularity when it comes to the horns staying in the country.

One of our key concerns is that we don't know for sure whether those checks and balances are in place.

Dr Kelly Marnewick, Carnivore Conservation Programme Manager at Endangered Wildlife

Marnewick says another issue they have are the report that some of the horns may not be be properly tagged in an electronic bank, so they may not be viable for auction.

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