EWN (South Africa)

John Hume is the first rhino breeder to be issued with this permit since the Constitutional Court’s ruling in April, making domestic trade in rhino horn legal.

JOHANNESBURG – The online horn auction of rhino breeder John Hume will go live on Wednesday with thousands of bidders already showing interest.

Hume is the first breeder to be issued with this permit since the Constitutional Court’s ruling in April, making domestic trade in rhino horn legal.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that the Department of Environmental Affairs had to hand over the permit.

Hume’s lawyer Izak du Toit says the sale will be tightly regulated by the department, with all prospective bidders forced to apply for permits.

“There is a registration fee that’s payable.”

Du Toit says rhino poachers are contributing to the extinction of the species and they want to keep the animal alive.

“We have found a way to keep the animal alive, to protect it and pay for its protection.”