24 Feb '12, 12pm

Feds Crackdown on Rhino Horn Smuggling Ring in the U.S.

Feds Crackdown on Rhino Horn Smuggling Ring in the U.S.

Armed with skin as durable as armor and an intimidating temperament, African rhinos are well equipped to face down almost any natural predator -- but when it comes to the horrific activities of illegal rhino horn smugglers, even they could use some backup. In the past week, over 150 federal agents raided homes and businesses across the United States in a crackdown on an international rhino horn ring. Each year, hundreds of endangered African rhinos are killed or injured by poachers to serve the increasingly lucrative rhino horn black market, where horns are worth more weight than gold. But while wildlife officials in Africa continue to do their part to keep poachers at bay, U.S. federal agents have begun to dismantel important elements of the illegal trade of wildlife elsewhere. According to The Los Angeles Times , seven people were arrested in operations across California...

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