a Small revolution in the middle of the auction. Saturday, Sotheby’s has become the latest auction house international to put an end to the sales of rhinoceros horns. This decision should take effect next week.”The company will not offer more items for sale in rhino horn in the future,” confirmed Nicolas Chow, chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, in a press release. “Sotheby’s deploring the massacres and illegal trade that endangers the wildlife, and strongly supports the efforts of animal protection of the international community,” he added.
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The decision comes after its rival Bonhams has cancelled a sale in Hong Kong of 21 lots of carvings in rhino horn, estimated at 3.87 million (3,41 million euro) as a result of pressure, according to the environmental organisation, Humane Society International. Another auction house, Christie’s, has already banned the sales of rhino horn. The associations for the protection of the environment have warned that even a slight increase in demand for rhino horns and old, would present a risk of extinction of the species.
South Africa, which includes approximately 80% of the rhino population, is the hunting ground of choice for poachers. Over 7,100 animals have been killed in the last ten years. The rhino horns are highly prized in Asia, reaching 60,000 ($52.900 euros) per kilogram.
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