Saturday, August 27, 2011

Indoor poaching

Now that the numbers of rhinoceros in the wild are dwindling and ever more sophisticated techniques are employed to catch poachers, thieves are targeting the natural history museums and auction houses of the United Kingdom and Europe. At least 20 museums and other establishments (most of which are listed below) have been plundered of their rhino mounts so far by members of a suspected international crime ring doing irreparable damage:
Even horns as old as these are mistakenly believed to be effective ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine (as a cure for cancer, not an aphrodisiac), and fetch twice the price of gold.

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