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Vietnam's thirst for 'drink of millionaires’ drives up demand

 The Big Issue South Africa 25 February 2013

The surge in demand for rhino horn — now worth more than gold on the black market — has been fuelled by the emergence of a thriving new marketplace for it in the East: Vietnam. Here, rhino horn is not used as much for palliative traditional medicines as it is in other longstanding Eastern markets. Rather its main function is to be a conspicuous symbol of wealth, a mystical ‘cure’ for everything from hangovers to overeating, or a very pricey version of Viagra. (707 Words) - By Emma McGarrity

BISA_No magic bullet to stop rhino horn crisis

8. Members of the Pilanesberg National Park Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) stand guard as conservationists and police investigate the scene of a rhino poaching incident. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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