Where do rhino horns end up?



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    Mostly in Asia.

    The trade of rhino horns has been illegal for a long time but this hasn’t stopped the trade entirely.  They have been used for 1,000 as status symbols, medicine and, in India, as aphrodisiacs.  As of 1993 it is illegal to use them for medicinal purposes although the trade continues.  Both Yemen and China have a very recent history of importing rhino horns.  In fact, history is not always simply history.  Asia continues to import the horns from Africa (http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-07-16-voa47-68744777.html).  The rhino horns are still in demand for medicinal reasons and elephant tusks as ornamental objects.


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    Actually, Rhino horns as an aphridisiac is just a commonly repeated misconception, they are used almost exclusively for medicine, and in certain areas for dagger handles or other ornamental purposes.


    “One repeated misconception is that rhinoceros horn in powdered form is used as an aphrodisiac in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is, in fact, prescribed for fevers and convulsions.[22] Discussions with TCM practitioners to reduce its use have met with mixed results since some TCM doctors mistakenly see rhinoceros horn as a life-saving medicine of better quality than substitutes.[23] China has signed the CITES treaty however. To prevent poaching, in certain areas, rhinos have been tranquilized and their horns removed. Many rhino range States have stockpiles of rhino horn, which needs to be carefully managed.[24]

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