Rhino killed for illegal horn trade

In News, World News

A record number of African rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year, according to a recently published CNN report.

In 2012, it is estimated that 455 rhinos have been slaughtered in South Africa. A London based conservation group called Save the Rhino said 448 rhinos were killed during 2011.

A growing, unsubstantiated belief that their horns can cure cancer has resulted in a high demand for the horn in Southeast Asia.

“It is critical for the South African government to engage with consumer countries and to fight against international syndicates involved in illegal rhino horn trade,” World Wildlife Fund rhino coordinator Jo Shaw, Ph.D., told CNN.

Vietnam is one country which has been complacent in action against the illegal rhino horn trade, according to Shaw.

It has been estimated by Save the Rhino that about 21,000 of Africa’s 25,000 rhinos live in South Africa.

Nearly 200 people with ties to the horn trade have been arrested, according to South African officials.

If you liked this story, sign up for our weekly newsletter with our top stories of the week.

You may also read!

A group of Titan baseball players cheering together in front of their dugout.

CSUF baseball forces a third game of NCAA Fullerton Super Regional with 5-2 win over Washington

CSUF baseball sent the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional to a third game with its 5-2 win over Washington on

Read More...
Hank LoForte swings at ball

CSUF baseball drops game one of NCAA Fullerton Super Regional against Washington

CSUF baseball dropped the first game of the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional to Washington 8-5 Friday at Goodwin Field.

Read More...

DEGREE Program serves as a one-stop shop for struggling CSUF student-athletes

Located in the far end of second floor of Langsdorf Hall, Cal State Fullerton student-athletes shift from cheering crowds

Read More...