The TGA wishes to congratulate Mr.John Hume for his signal success in this venture.
We stand behind him in his every endeavour in this regard and we wish him further success in the years ahead.
The TGA, too, believes that the road that he has paved for our journey ahead is the only rational and responsible way for mankind to save our rhinos into posterity. WELL DONE JOHN HUME”
Media statement by Seymore Du Toit & Basson
1. We are pleased to report that our client John Hume has successfully concluded the world’s first legal online auction of rhinoceros horn.
2. The auction was preceded by a defended legal battle during which the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and her department (DEA) appeared to make every effort to derail the auction and to discourage participation therein. Our client however persisted to enforce his constitutional rights and this resulted in the conclusion of this historical and ground breaking event.
3. Despite the supposed concerns published by the DEA prior to the auction and despite the fact that Mr Hume only received the auction permit on the morning that bidding was scheduled to commence, our client achieved what he set out to do more than 8 years ago: the establishment of a legal trade in a renewable natural resource to generate desperately needed funding to protect rhino as a species under siege.
4. The auction yielded fewer bidders and fewer sales than anticipated, but the legal domestic trade has now been re-established and the road has been paved for future sales. Our client shall comply with his reporting duties to the DEA in accordance with the conditions of the auction permit. We do not intend to publish the names of the purchasers or the prices achieved at the auction at this stage, out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of the purchasers. We however assure the public that all bidders were duly authorised to participate in the auction and were issued with the legally required permits to so participate.
The fact that very few bidders were willing to sign up for the auction can only be attributed to the unlawful delay in handing over the auction permit and the consequential limited time of less than two days for bidders to register. Many of the auction lots are still available for private treaty sales, subject to permits being obtained. All interested purchasers are invited to contact Van’s Auctioneers, Gauteng who will be able to accommodate and assist buyers in this regard.
The DEA almost succeeded in enforcing the invalid rhino horn trade Moratorium, but our client persisted and triumphed. Clearly the demand for rhino horn remains and our rhino are still being slaughtered by the thousands, but as from today a legal and sustainable supply has been established. No longer will rhino need to be killed for their horn. No longer shall the supply come exclusively from dead rhino. From this day live rhino shall become more valuable than dead rhino. Despite government bullying tactics and illogical unsustainable animal rights propaganda, we will continue our fight to bring this dark trade into the light in order to conserve our rhinos.
Media statement by Seymore Du Toit & Basson issued 25 AUGUST 2017