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Nearly 600 Rhinos Killed in South Africa So Far This Year

Nearly 600 Rhinos Killed in South Africa So Far This Year

PharSideUK /Video screen capture Despite a global push to protect Africa's most iconic species from avoidable extinction, the elicit trade in animal parts shows no signs of slowing -- and there's a sickening trail of blood to prove it. In just the first two weeks of 2012 , poachers in South Africa had slaughtered nearly as many rhinos that had been killed in all of 2007, putting it on track to being one of the deadliest years from the endangered species in recent memory. Sadly, as 2012 enters its final month, the grim predictions have been confirmed with 588 rhinos killed as of this writing, expected to reach 600 by year's end. The well over a thousand rhinos killed in recent years has been driven primarily by the market for their horns in Asia, where they can fetch nearly $100 thousand per kilo for their supposed 'medicinal' qualities. A burgeoning wealthy class, mostly i...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/nearly-600-r...

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