Sunday, July 21, 2013

The last Afrikan rhinos will go extinct in less than 5 years thanks to the folks at  Made In China... pls reconsider buying crap w the label made in china,,
magnificent Western Black Rhino ,  slaughtered for Chinese  greed n whacko quacko "medicine"  horn is made from the same material foot bunyons n toe nails r made from. How any imbecilic nation can slaughter these creatures is beyond my understanding. RIP
   FROM   Everest trek for rhinos
  Rhino horn is not a medicine; it is just one expensive and bloodthirsty myth!
- At the beginning of the 20th century there were about 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. By 1970 there were approximately 70,000 and today the population is down to less than 29,000 creatures.

- There are currently 5 000 Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and 20 000 White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Africa.

- South Africa is home to approximately 22,000 rhinos of which 12,000 are found in the Kruger National Park.

- Right now South Africa accounts for no less than 73% of the global population of this critically threatened species

- South Africa has lost more than 2000 rhinos since 2010.

- In 2012, at least 745 rhinos were poached throughout Africa – the highest number in two decades – with a record 668 rhinos killed in South Africa alone.

- Since the beginning of this year (2013), In South Africa, a rhino is lost to poaching every 9 hours – a rate that is higher than the average for 2012.

- There's an insatiable Asian appetite/demand for rhino horn with a black market value greater than $30,000 a pound; an average horn weighs 15.4 pounds -- its street value is in excess of $462,000. Many East Asian countries, particularly Vietnam and China use rhino horn in medicinal concoctions, which are "touted" to cure fevers and chills. This is a costly myth, rhino horn consists of the same substance as human hair and nails; Keratin. Repeated scientific analysis has supported this fact.

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