South Africa posts unwelcome new rhino poaching record, driven by mistaken belief in a cancer cure; half of kills take place in Kruger NP
(Reuters) - A record number of African rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa this year, driven by the use of their horns in Chinese medicine and a spreading belief in Southeast Asia, unfounded in science, that they may cure cancer.
The street value of rhinoceros horns has soared to about $65,000 a kilogramme, making it more expensive than gold.
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