The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has noted the judgment handed down in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria, setting aside the moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horn
There are three main reasons why rhinos are under threat: the illegal wildlife trade in rhino horn
, habitat loss as rhino homes are cleared to produce rice and coffee, and political conflict.
AN Irishman will appear in a US court today after being extradited in connection with rhino horn
consumers are buying ivory and rhino horn
products, the market remains robust and these animals will continue to be slaughtered for trinkets, jewelry, or musical instruments.
Oregon can do its small but important part to shut down this trade by banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn
According to environmentalists, the increased poaching is orchestrated by criminal gangs using sophisticated equipment like night-vision goggles and long-range rifles to serve a lucrative Eastern market for rhino horn
(particularly in China and Vietnam).
These magnificent animals were slaughtered so that urbanites in places like China and Vietnam can take a dose of powdered rhino horn
, which fetches tens of thousands of dollars a pound as a luxury cure for hangovers.
Numbers in Africa are plummeting as a result of a surge in illegal poaching fulled by a global increase in demand for rhino horn
to supply the Asian medicine market.
A CHINESE herbalist was caught trying to smuggle banned rhino horn
through Cardiff Airport, a court heard yesterday.
The group is dedicated to saving the species and busting myths about the use of rhino horn
Nepal is home to tigers, rhinos and elephants, under threat from poaching for the illegal trade in their body parts such as rhino horn
, and tiger bone and skin, while the country is also a key transit route for illegal animal products from India to China.
The demand for ivory and horn is fuelled by the trade in trinkets which are seen as status symbols, and the extraordinary belief that powdered rhino horn
has medicinal qualities.