$7M Worth of Ivory and Rhino Horns Destroyed

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The ivory and rhino horns came from 330 African elephants and 23 rhinos, according to Humane Society International, a U.K. based company that has worked with the Vietnamese government since 2013, in order to fight the trafficking of rhino horns in Vietnam.

According to Tuoi Tre News, Vietnam acts as a transit point for those who distribute ivory to customers in the U.S. and China, who in turn use it for jewellery and home decoration. Rhino horn is in high demand by the Vietnamese themselves, who feel it has medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties.

According to a survey conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an average of 50 elephants per day were killed since 2006, mainly to supply Asian markets. And according to savetherhino.org, at least 5,940 African rhinos were poached since 2008.

A big motivation for poachers to continue their activities is customer demand. Teresa Telecky, director of the wildlife department at the Humane Society International, said that "if we could do something to reduce demand [in Vietnam], reduce demand in China, maybe wipe it out, that will help rhinos in Africa." The same goes for ivory.

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