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Rhino poaching in South Africa is a very serious issue, as of the 31 December 2011- 448 rhinos have been killed so far this year outstripping 2010 of 333. As of December 11, 2012, more than 619 rhinos have been lost last year in South Africa alone. 94 of this Rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park. %7 Rhinos was poached up to date.
Rhino poachers in SA are even targeting dehorned rhinos for two reasons, firstly there is still a substantial piece of horn below the surface of the skin and secondly by killing the rhino it increases the price of rhino horn as it becomes a more valuable commodity. It is for this second reason that many poachers are also killing baby rhinos which have little or no horn at all. Fewer rhinos equals more money per kilogram of rhino horn.
Rhino horn is widely used in Chinese culture as it is believed it can cure a wide variety of ailments varying from boils to cancer and even devil possession. It has no medicinal value it is compressed hair or kerratin the same as you would find in your finger nails.
In Middle East culture rhino horn is a status symbol if you have one as a sheath for your dagger. Needless to say many other materials could be used.
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