Rhino horn and elephant ivory will no longer adorn the shelves of an Australian auction house, after public backlash and a social media campaign forced the items to be removed. Lawson's, an auctioneer based in Sydney, has been the target of animal activists since August, for auctions featuring western black rhino horns, elephant tusks and a gong embellished with tusks.
The auction house originally stood to profit handsomely from the items - an estimated $70,000 for the rhino horns, $70,000 for the tusks and $16,000 for the gong with tusks. Now, it's chosen to forego those profits.
Starting on Tuesday, the Humane Society International, Greenpeace and International Fund for Animal Welfare began peppering the auction house with calls to dump the wildlife products on social media.