South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), analyses South Africa's first legal rhino horn auction. Writing in The Conversation, he says the inconclusive result of the online auction is a setback to achieving a legal, commercial trade in horn, and that while ‘there is no single solution or silver bullet to put an end to poaching, the present impasse will only make things worse.’