As Rhino Poaching Surges, South Africa Proposes Legalized Trade in Precious Horns By John R. Platt | July 12, 2013 The South African government released two important and shocking news items last week.....
http://action.endangered.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18771 - Please urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny these applications for import permits. With approximately 5,000 left in the wild, black rhinos need to be protected, not killed by trophy hunters.
In Africa hundreds of rhinos are shot or immobilised by poachers every year to supply ground up horn for the Asian medicine market. It is reputed to make men virile and treat anything from stomach ache to cancer - all just a myth.
Rhinoceros populations from Asia through Africa are plummeting in the face of burgeoning illicit trade in their horns, much of it driven by myths promoted by criminal smuggling syndicates and targeting the new wealthy in China and Vietnam.