Rhino horns and elephant ivory on sale in Asian black markets

Rhinos

The demand for elephant ivory and rhino horn is increasing in Asia, according to a UN backed Convention to preserve wildlife, CITES.

In Vietnam, rhino horns are said to have cancer-fighting properties.

Meanwhile in China, elephant ivory has become a favourite among the new upper class looking to have traditional Chinese ivory carvings made.

Bypassing a UN ban on ivory imports, organized crime groups are selling the ivory on the black market.

John Sellar, Enforcement Officer with CITES, spoke to Jocelyne Sambira about the illegal trade.

Duration: 3:57

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