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Rhino horn sales: banking on extinction

Paula Kahumbu: The sale of rhino horn in South Africa won't help save rhinos, but it will benefit organised crimeSouth Africa has just launched the first ever legal rhino horn auction. If you are based in South Africa and would like to buy some rhino horn you can place your bid here. This is not a government auction, although it is sanctioned by the South African government. It has been organised by private rhino rancher, John Hume, who took the government to court and won the right to sell 265 rhino horns weighing about 500 kg. Trade in ivory horn is illegal in most countries, but the black market value of one kilogram is said to be USD 100,000--more than the price of platinum. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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