17 May 2018

Poached rhinos comfort deadly sick people in Vietnam

This news is redirected and translated by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from SCIENCE news.

Consumerbehaviour: Hangover, cancer and potens. Horns from endangered rhinos are used to a great extent as a medical cure-all in parts of the asian world. But now a new Danish-Vietnamese study from University of Copenhagen points at new causes for the Vietnamese consumer spending on the illegal horns. Knowledge, which can be used in future campaigns aiming to save the endangered rhinos.

In 2015 it was estimated that there approxiamately was 30.000 of the wild rhinos left in the world.

A new study from deparment of Food and Ressource Economics at University of Copenhagen and the Vietnamese local deparment of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) finds new causes to the acquiring of illegal horns from endangered rhinos in Vietnam. The  Det pulverized horn is said to have a healing effect and is sold for a prize ranging up to 500.000 DKK per kilogram. In 2016 poachers killed 1.054 rhinos in South Africa, according to the WWF, and there is only 30.000 of the rhinos left in the world.

Read the rest of the article here (Danish only)

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