12 Sep '11, 4pm

Rhino horn use slammed by Chinese traditional medicinal practitioners

Rhino horn use slammed by Chinese traditional medicinal practitioners

Could the ball finally be rolling for a debunking of the 'medicinal' myths surrounding rhino horn? That looks possible, with the statement Friday from the UK's Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) 'strongly condemning' the illegal trade in rhino horn - and other endangered species. That adds to moves that may bring the halting of the resurgent slaughter in rhinos a step closer. It is widely recognized by conservationists that any strategy to protect rhinos must include efforts to reduce demand for their horns. Damaging myth rubbished Rhino horn was originally prescribed, by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, as a cure for fevers and convulsions. But more recently, a tagging of powdered rhino horn as a possible cancer-cure has caused demand for rhino horn to leap. Many have seen the massive increase in poaching in southern Africa, in the last couple of ye...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/rhino-horn-slammed-chine...

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