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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:34 AM

Hunted for horns worth more than gold, South Africa's rhinos face worst year on record

More than one rhino is being killed in South Africa by poachers each day -- with 2012 on target to be the worst year on record.

Some 159 rhinos have fallen victim to poachers since January, a death toll that looks set to surpass last year's grim figure of 449. In 2007, only 13 were killed in the country.

Demand comes from parts of China and Vietnam, where new wealth has combined with an age-old myth that rhino horns can be used to cure cancer.

Rhino horns are now worth an estimated $25,000 per pound, making their natural weapon worth more than gold.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11049623-hunted-for-horns-worth-more-than-gold-south-africas-rhinos-face-worst-year-on-record

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:15 AM

1. Clearly, they don't cure cancer. A bold public statement of that fact

from the ministries of health in Vietnam and China could potentially curb this senseless activity.

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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:08 AM

2. Horrible

The worst part is - in many cases these assholes will tranq them, cut off their horns, and just let them wake up in a panic and die a slow death. They don't even have the decency to just kill them. So tragic.

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