rhino poaching

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In the Asia Pacific, two countries are driving an epic and increasing slaughter of rhinos around the world – China and Vietnam – where consumers buy rhino horn for a variety of reasons, causing an extinction and poaching crisis for all rhinos despite the horn having zero medicinal value.

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Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

Borneo Rhino Alliance

    

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In the Asia Pacific, the news continues to be grim on the island of Borneo, where experts from one country’s wildlife department are desperately trying to save the life of an extraordinarily rare, critically endangered animal – one of only nine in captivity anywhere in the world; we’ve followed her story for weeks and have an update.

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This week we’re continuing our recurring series within Helping Hand about one of the most vulnerable and victimized animals on Earth due to consumers in our Asia Pacific neighborhood: the rhinoceros. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence shares the approach of the innovative nonprofit, the Elephant Action League, and speaks with their Executive Director Andrea Crosta about their new report base

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During the week Prince William is in Vietnam on behalf of endangered animals threatened by consumers there, we continue our Helping Hand series about the rhino extinction crisis of poaching, rooted by rhino horn consumption primarily in Vietnam and China. Traffic is an NGO partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, wrapped up a historic visit to Vietnam where he tried to reach people from across the spectrum with a message to end trafficking and consumption of endangered wildlife. Vietnam is the epicenter of the problem, which has pushed elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and pangolins to the edge of extinction. After meeting with politicians, school children, traditional medicine practitioners, conservationists and young business leaders, he addressed the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi. You can view it below. 

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Prince William is headed into the Asia Pacific on a solo mission… to defend two animals facing extinction due almost entirely to consumers there. Kensington Palace has announced the Prince will visit Vietnam, the capital of rhino horn use and a major destination for elephant ivory, November 17 and 18, where he will attend the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Steve Evans

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has detailed the disturbing role of Asian diplomats and crime syndicates in rhino poaching. The new report said corruption in South Africa and Mozambique contributed to Asian diplomats paying off officials to avoid prosecution. Among many sordid details, it noted syndicates like the Xaysavang Network exploited legal trophy hunts to obtain rhino horn using young women from Thailand, workers from strip clubs and massage parlors, who posed as hunters.

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