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March 25, 2008

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Rhino Hunting Racket Under Suspicion

From Independent Online:

Unscrupulous Asian businessmen are allegedly posing as big-game hunters to slaughter South African rhinos and export the horns - quite legally - as hunting trophies.


But instead of ending up in trophy collections, the horns are being sold illegally to merchants to be crushed into powder for use in Eastern traditional medicine.

Comments

MPN

Waste of an animal to me. I feel if your gonna hunt you should kill for the meat not for trophies or money. I hope they ain't black rhinos cause I thought those were endangered. Or maybe that's white rhinos? Any one know? Matt Mallery maybe.

MPN

Blue Ox

From what I understand, when a hunter takes a big game animal- hippo, elephant, buffalo etc. the hunter is allowed to take only the part of the animal that is going to be made into a trophy.
Then the natives come out of the woodwork (especially for an elephant) all happy and whatnot 'cause it means they all get to eat for a month! They slice and dice and NONE of that meat goes to waste.

John R

It's incidents like that that give all of us a black eye! I hope someone investigates it.

MPN

Blue Ox,
Did not know that. Guess I shouldn't go off until I know a little more of what I'm blabberin' on.

MPN

William

At least money goes into the economy from these "hunters" that often times goes straight back into conservation. I'd rather they do it this way where a semblance of healthy population control exists instead of poachers just taking anyway while giving nothing back.

klahre

If they akwire the tags legally. they can do what they want with the horns. i was just at a outdoorsman show in PA where they were selling antlers, whats the diffrence?




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