Last week, Hong Kong customs seized 82.5 kilograms of suspected rhino horn and rhinoceros horn
cuts with a market value of about $2 million USD - the most in five years.
In (https://phys.org/news/2017-03-zoo-rhino-hints-european-avenue.html) a report from France-based international news agency AFP, conservation organization Robin des Bois "recommends ramping up zoo patrols and giving guards the right to fire warning shots." Outside of zoos, the group called for tighter security for customs and postal services to prevent sales of rhinoceros horn
; and public education to show people that the horn "does not have any of the healing powers it is credited with."
01 DEMAND IN VIET NAM FOR RHINOCEROS HORN
USED IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Dedi decided not to take the rhinoceros horn
pills his father gave him.
However, it is generally illegal to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn
in New York State, and anyone wishing to do so would need to obtain a permit from DEC.
Three boxes, each containing 10 portions, contained ground rhinoceros horn
, one box contained eight portions of a medicine containing bear bile and two boxes contained shenrong weisheng wan - a plant extract.
Demand for rhinoceros horn
-- which is made of keratin, the same material in hair and nails -- has skyrocketed in recent years, largely driven by the market in Asia, where the powdered horn is valued for its supposed medicinal properties.
copal coconuts beeswax ambergris ivory rhinoceros horn
Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn
were stolen in six incidents, three at Durham Museum, one at Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex and one each at Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Other highlights include: a Chinese "Three Friends" Rhinoceros Horn
Libation Cup, 17th/18th Century.
The minister for Environment and Forests in Assam, Rockybul Hussain, said that the poachers sell the rhinoceros horn
for use as an aphrodisiac.
The theft came weeks after museums were warned about a spate of rhinoceros horn
thefts from museums around Europe.