The world’s biggest rhino breeder has announced plans to sell part of his massive stockpile of horns in a global online auction‚ sparking concern that this could undermine the 40-year-old international ban on rhino horn trading. Billed as the world’s first "legal rhino horn auction"‚ the three-day sale is scheduled for midday on August 21. South African businessman and game rancher John Hume‚ who has nearly 1‚500 rhinos at his game farm in the North West‚ has a stockpile of nearly six tons of horns that he wants to sell. This after he won a series of court battles earlier this year to overturn the eight-year-old moratorium on the domestic sale of rhino horns. Hume — along with other private rhino breeders -has been removing horns from his herd for several years. The animals are anaesthetised and the top section of the horn removed so that they can regrow naturally as part of a "bloodless‚ horn-harvesting" operation. In an attempt to halt the unrelenting slaughter of rhinos in Africa...

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