Rhino poaching increases
The number of rhinos being poached has reached record levels, according to CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
New figures released by CITES and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs show that 2012 is likely to be the rhino’s worst year, with a death toll that even surpasses last year’s grim figure of 449.
In 2007, 13 were killed.
John E. Scanlon, the Secretary-General of CITES, says there is a need to work together at the national and international levels to stop the poaching.
Based upon available information, the demand for rhino horns comes principally from Asia, with the major destination appearing to be Viet Nam.
According to the CITES Secretariat, increasing demand has been fueled by rumours of rhino horns being a cure for cancer, a way to improve male sexual performance and a treatment for alcohol hangovers.