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33 rhino horns seized after being smuggled from South Africa. One of largest single seizures ever.

33 rhino horns seized after being smuggled from South Africa. One of largest single seizures ever.

Hong Kong officials display one of the largest ever seizures of rhino horns © Hong Kong Customs and Excise Customs officials in Hong Kong today seized 33 rhino horns that were smuggled from South Africa. This was the largest number of rhino horns ever seized in Hong Kong and one of the largest single seizures of rhino horn globally. The horns were smuggled from Cape Town, South Africa; a country that just last week reported that 2011 has seen the highest level of rhino poaching ever experienced. A record 341 rhinos have been poached so far this year. Rhino poaching has been on the rise in Africa and South Asia largely due to high demand for the horn in Vietnam for alleged medicinal products. Law enforcement efforts are increasing, but it is clear that highly organized and very well funded criminals have set up complex poaching and smuggling rings in both southern Africa an...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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