Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
8 minute read
16 Jun 2020
9:54 am

NGOs remain skeptical of John Hume’s conservation intentions

Nica Richards

Much money is to be made in rhino horns harvested safely by captive-bred animals. But a conservation body has rejected Hume's breeding intentions, while he pushes for the international legalisation of rhino horn.

The world's largest white rhino breeder, John Hume. Pic: Lowvelder

The recent conviction of two men found to have illegally possessed and transported 181 rhino horn last year has left more questions than answers. And although any convictions should be celebrated, especially for rhinos, NGO OSCAP (Outraged South African Citizens Against Rhino Poaching) said the conviction renewed their suspicions that controversial rhino breeder John Hume may not be benefiting this threatened species as much as he claimed. On 13 April 2019, Clive John Melville and Petrus Stephanus Steyn were arrested in the North West by members of the Hawks, Tracker SA and Vision Tactical, after a tip-off was received that...