28 Aug '12, 5pm

500+ #rhinos will be slaughtered for their horns this year if poaching continues at current rate #stopwildlifecrime

The rhino poaching crisis in South Africa is at an unprecedented level. The number of rhinos slaughtered by poachers increased by more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2011. And now we know the fate of South Africa’s rhinos is inextricably linked with market demand in Vietnam—a country that recently saw its own rhino population slip into extinction. A new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network , documents the rising rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, detailing issues such as loopholes in sport hunting policy and surging demand for horn in Vietnam. Vietnamese consumers—the main market for rhino horn—mistakenly believe in rhino horn’s detoxification properties, notes the report. Wealthy users grind up rhino horn and mix the powder with water or alcohol as a hangover cure and general health tonic. The horn is also consumed as a supposed cancer cure ...

Full article: https://worldwildlife.org/stories/the-crisis-that-is-kill...

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