Stop killing Rhinos for traditional medicine!

Stop killing Rhinos for traditional medicine!

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Please Sign Friend of the Earth Petition to stop killing rhinos for traditional medicine!! Wildlife traffickers based in China and Laos are now using the fear against coronavirus to sell their illegal products said a recent report from the Environmental Investigation Agency. 

The version of the product they are offering is apparently produced in North Korea and, unlike the Chinese version, explicitly states that the ingredients include rhino horns. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same substance present in nails and hair, therefore it has no scientific or medicinal value.

One of the sellers is based in China and has a long history of offering tiger, elephant, helmeted hornbill, rhino and other illegal wildlife for sale via WeChat.

Another is a Chinese-owned company with multiple retail outlets in the Laotian capital Vientiane selling tiger, elephant, bear, rhino and other wildlife parts and derivatives. Some items are sold openly and others under-the-counter, while the company WeChat account is full of illegal wildlife for sale.

On 2021, South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries reported that a total of 394 rhinos have been illegally hunted in 2020 in South Africa. It's less than the previous year but it's still a way too much and this recent news about this illegal treatment could threaten even more Rhinos.

It's time to act and ask the government of the countries concerned to spread awareness and fight this illegal trade with no proof of medicinal effect!

Friend of the Earth will send your signatures to the Ministry of Health of China, Laos and North Korea and we will update you here.

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References:

China and Laos traffickers exploiting coronavirus fears to peddle illegal wildlife.

Save the Rhinos.org

 

 

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