Blowing your own horns

Dear John Hume,

Congratulations on being the world’s largest rhino breeder. How big are you? Are you the size of a rhino? It doesn’t matter. For all I know, rhino breeders are tiny and you are simply the largest of these small people.

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Most people keep dogs and cats, but not you, John. You’re a rhino person. It makes sense. Rhinos don’t sit on your keyboard while you’re trying to work. They don’t hog the couch or take up half the bed. You don’t wake up in the morning to a blast of rhino breath and have to get up and take him for a walk.

Of course, nobody would want to collect rhinos purely for their ornamental value. So it must have been terribly frustrating for you when trade in rhino horn was banned in South Africa in 2009. It would have driven me insane, seeing my rhinos standing about all day doing absolutely nothing to earn their keep.

What good are their horns if they’re not even being used to stab German tourists? At the best of times, rhinos don’t even know what to do with their horns. They just stand there staring at them all day. That’s why so many rhinos are crosseyed. A lot of them are also just plain cross. I suppose it’s because they’re not living at your place, the Playboy Mansion for rhinos, even if it is in Klerksdorp. Rhinos can’t tell that the place is a dump. Even if they did, I doubt they’d care. They’re just happy not to get shot in the face by a gentleman from Mozambique.

So it must’ve been a tremendous relief when the court forced the environmental affairs department to give you a permit to hold your three-day online auction this week. It’s a good thing we have an independent judiciary that knows the true value of one of our big five.

I tried to register for the auction but the R100 000 deposit was a bit steep. Pity. I was so looking forward to bagging a couple of the 264 horns for my own personal use. To be honest, I would have preferred a whole rhino so that I could cut his horn off at my leisure. If you buy a gram of coke, the dealer doesn’t expect you to schnarf it the moment money changes hands. You can take it home and shove it up your nose when the mood takes you. It should be the same with rhinos. Not that I’d schnarf rhino horn. I’m not from Hanoi, you know.

I understand you have 1500 rhinos in your garden. I bet you’ve never been burgled. It’s just occurred to me that rhinos could solve both our poverty and crime problems. Not literally. They’re not awfully bright. Although stick a couple of them in cheap suits and put them around the table at a cabinet meeting and I bet nobody would even notice their lack of input.

What I’m suggesting is that everyone gets a rhino farm. Or at least their own state-subsidised rhino. They make wonderful pets and even better guard dogs. Guard rhinos. I know I wouldn’t rob a house if there was a rhino curled up at the front door. And if you fall on hard times, you can chop his horn off and sell it. That’s R2-million right there. Keep the family in KFC for years.

Your job sounds like a lot of fun. Every couple of years, you grab your tranquiliser gun and run about shooting your fleet of ungulates in the bum. I’m sure they get a big kick out of the chase, too. It’s something to break the tedium, anyway. They fall over, have a little nap and wake up a kilogram or two lighter. We could all be so lucky.

When the horns grow back, you do it all over again. No wonder you have six tons of the stuff lying about the place. Must drive your wife crazy. There’s not much you can do with them either. Doorstoppers. Wind chimes. Something to hang your coat on. That’s about it. Then again, your stash is worth at least R500-million. That’s the kind of language any wife would understand.

The ban on international trade is still in place and your permit stipulates that any horns sold have to stay in South Africa. Of course they will. Our environmental affairs minister says systems are in place to prevent horns from reaching the black market. In fact, so secure are our borders that the only way to smuggle a horn out would be to take it to the Saxonwold shebeen, have it cling wrapped in R200 notes and couriered to the Waterkloof air force base.

I noticed that your auction website was translated into Mandarin and Vietnamese. This is nothing more than a happy coincidence. You are a man who embraces many cultures and not, as the vegetarians would have it, a man sending out a dog-whistle to the epicentre of the illicit trade in rhino horn.

An average of three rhinos are poached in this country every day. But, as you so rightly point out, flooding the ‘domestic’ market with hundreds of your horns will reduce demand and poachers will be out of a job in no time at all. It’s the same with marijuana. Legalise it and nobody would want it any more. Dagga farmers would have to start growing mielies and stoners would take up golf.

I read that a group called the National Frog Agency hacked your website, claiming that “your lack of common compassion for animals is outrageous”. Ignore them. What is more outrageous is that they can’t tell the difference between a frog and a rhino. This is what happens when you spend your afternoons licking hallucinogenic toads.

You were reported as saying that the proceeds of the auction – which could easily be R200-million – would be spent on protecting your herd. It’s an odd way to describe your family, but then I haven’t met them. Try to keep a bit of money aside for yourself. Buy something nice. Not another rhino. Something you don’t have to keep darting and sawing its nose off.

Listen, John. I have an idea for a movie. It’s called Saving Private Rhino. State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, would be perfect for the villain. I think we can get him. Throw in a free Thai massage and he’s ours. I would want to avoid getting into the whole black rhino, white rhino thing. This isn’t a movie about race. It’s about exploitation and getting as rich as possible off the backs of these dumb brutes. I’m talking about the actors, not the rhinos.

Let’s do lunch.

PS. Say hi to your good mate Dawie Groenewald, a trophy hunter and, like you, a true friend of the rhino. Obviously those 26 dehorned rhino found in a mass grave on his property died peacefully in their sleep. The poor guy is already facing so many charges here and now the Americans want to extradite him. You conservationists really do have a tough time.

Ben-rhino

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16 thoughts on “Blowing your own horns

  1. “So, two Rhino horn sellers – a guy and his “Miss Fortunate” wife – walk into a field – with well informed, well horned Rhinos … and experience an “intimate relationship” with Rhino horns.”

    1. NO! JOHN AND DAWIE GO TOGETHER! AND THEIR THUGS AND JUST CALL THEM OVER AND THEY JUMP IN THE TRUCKS FOR A BETTER LIFE ON JOHNS OR DAWIES RHINO HORN RANCHES TO BREED HAPPILY JUST AS EASY THEY DO IN CAPTIVITY BECAUSE JOHN AND DAWIE “LOVE THEIR RHINOS”‼️

  2. Although stick a couple of them in cheap suits and put them around the table at a cabinet meeting and I bet nobody would even notice their lack of input…..That’s so funny I nearly fell off my chair!

  3. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT – made my sunday.
    The Mandarin and Vietnamese translations were obviously only for the locals as no exports permitted.
    Did not realize we had so many of them here.

  4. So unfair to poor, dear John. He “loves” his rhinos. We know that because he keeps repeating it to the press. He loves them so much that he cannot help but buy them and buy them and cram them into a space that’s too small for them, even at the risk of causing fatal diseases to spread. And don’t forget that he also “loves” his impoverished rural neighbours………after all, he’s doing all this for their sakes. Such is his love for them that one can only imagine how many millions of Rands he must have donated to them in the past few years They can probably only imagine them too..

  5. Can’t we export John Hume – maybe there’s a spot for him in Donald Trumps cabinet – environmental protection agency works for me!

  6. Oh he and buddy DAWIE are the biggest poachers in the world,, Stealing rhinos from the wild to make money off their horns! They never bred all of their herd, and if u BELEIVE THEY DID! IVE GOT SOME A DIAMOND MINE IN CANADA! NOT‼️

  7. The True Green Alliance 1 hr ·

    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 f… See more Media statement – John Hume Rhino Horn Auction 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. Th… mahohboh.org Like Comment Share 9 Rodney Genricks and 8 others Comments [image: Barry Hattingh]

    Please delete all my email details when you forward – avoiding spam.

    On 27 August 2017 at 18:05, BEN TROVATO – Durban Poison wrote:

    > Ben Trovato – Durban Poison posted: “Dear John Hume, Congratulations on > being the world’s largest rhino breeder. How big are you? Are you the size > of a rhino? It doesn’t matter. For all I know, rhino breeders are tiny and > you are simply the largest of these small people. Most people keep” >

    1. Signal success?
      “South African rhino baron John Hume has lashed out against Environmental Affair Minister Edna Molewa‚ blaming her for the “disappointing” results of what was the world’s first online rhino horn auction.” — TimesLive 26/8/17

    1. ❤️ LOVE UR COMMENTARIES OF SARCASM BEN!!
      want to make some comments myself, not sure where.
      Please advise,
      THANKYOU,

      Sent from my iPad

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