"Gosh, daddy forced me to take rhino horn... It tasted so disgusting..."
This is a facebook status update by a Vietnamese girl, probably from a very rich family in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, rhino horn is a popular and essential medicine for acute or critical illness. However, rhinos have been on the verge of extinction, which means this medicine is nearly impossible to find; therefore, the buffalo horn can be used instead.
The luxury world associated with rhino horns of the rich in Vietnam was revealed through photos by American photographer Justin Mott on Justinmott.photoshelter.com. Published in Vietnam by Vietnamnet.
On September 2013, TRAFFIC published a report based on consumer research study conducted on 720 chosen participants in Hanoi and Ho chi minh city named: “Rhino horn consumers, who are they?” It has significantly revealed the consumer demographic for rhino horns whom mostly are men over the age of 40 and women in their 50s. Further, only 35% of the people surveyed said they would never buy or consume rhino horns.
These are what were written in a Vietnamese traditional medicine website.
Rhino horns have long been considered a rare and precious drug! Consequently, rhinos are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species that are critically endangered and need protection. Mostly based on folklore and myth, it is widely believed that rhino horns have the ability to enhance libido, “rejuvenation”, reduce a fever, and even to cure cancer and diabetes!
Thu Minh - a famous Vietnamese singer - recently uploaded a picture of a rhino being killed in South Africa and called on people to stop buying rhino horn. She said in her Facebook page:
"The last rhino has been killed in Vietnam because people want to use rhino horn. If no one wants to use rhino horn then no one will kill it and they won't go extinct. Furthermore, rhino horn is NOT medicine, it won't cure any disease."
The rhino horns consumed in Vietnam are mainly imported from South Africa. According to a recent report on the import-export of rhino horns by CITES Management Authority in Vietnam, in 2003 – 2010, 657 rhino horns were legally exported from South Africa to Vietnam.
But in fact, only 170 horns were in the import list in Vietnam. Thus, about 74 percent of rhino horns were illegally brought into Vietnam.
Last time, together we have successfully required Webtretho forum, one of the most favored forums to take every threads relating to “Rhino horns trading” down. At the moment, we continue to pursuit the quest of searching every related posts on other Vietnamese websites in order to stop illegal rhino horns trafficking.
It turns out that, otofun.net, a free forum that was voluntarily established since 2006 for the aim of creating a place for car lovers to exchange knowledge and information, has various threads involving in wildlife trades, especially rhino horns trade.
This is just one in so many other posts and stories.