John Hume, owner of the world’s largest rhino breeding farm, is auctioning off some of their horns from his more than six-ton stockpile. The auction follows South Africa’s recent legalization of rhino horn sales. On Hume’s farm, workers regularly trim the rhinos’ horns to ward off poachers who seek to sell the valuable material to Asian markets. Rhinos can survive without their horns, which grow back. Hume argues that the auction will reduce poaching, while many conservationists say that legal sales of rhino horn will increase demand.
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