Court gives go-ahead to rhino horn auction

2017-08-20 20:43
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Johannesburg - A court on Sunday gave the go-ahead for an online auction of rhino horns that has outraged conservationists.

Authorities had moved to ban the three-day auction which they feared would undermine the global ban on rhino trade, refusing to issue a permit.

But the High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of the auction's organiser John Hume, who runs the world's biggest rhino farm.

His lawyer had argued that the permits had been approved but not issued by the authorities. A ban on domestic rhino trade was lifted in South Africa three months ago.

"We lost the case. We have to hand over the permit that was issued," said environment ministry spokesperson Moses Rannditsheni.

The auction is due to start at 08:00 on Monday.

Read more on:    animals  |  rhino poaching  |  environment

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