Poaching crisis as rhino horn demand booms in Asia
July 2009. Rhino poaching worldwide is poised to hit a 15-year-high driven by increased demand in Asia, according to new research.
Poachers in Africa and Asia are killing an ever increasing number of rhinos-an estimated two to three a week in some areas-to meet a growing demand for horns believed in some countries to have medicinal value, according to a briefing to a key international wildlife trade body by WWF, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and their affiliated wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
12 rhinos killed every month in South Africa and Zimbabwe
An estimated three rhinos were illegally killed each month in all of Africa from 2000-05, out of a population of around 18,000. In contrast, 12 rhinoceroses now are being poached each month in South Africa and Zimbabwe alone, the three groups told the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee this week in Geneva.
“Illegal rhino horn trade to destinations in Asia is driving the killing, with growing evidence of involvement of Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai nationals in the illegal procurement and transport of rhino horn out of Africa,” the briefing states.
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