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Skepticism over new 'fake rhino horn' and its intended effects

11 November 2019 6:18 PM
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Rhino Poaching
Science
Conservation
Wildlife
black market
fake rhino horn

A team of scientists have created a product similar to rhino horn in an effort to confuse the trade.

Conservationist Mark Tennant says he doubts that a new technique for making fake rhino horn will help the fight against poaching.

Scientists have found a way of making fake rhino horn in a bid to dupe the black market.

Scientists have used a combination of silk and horsetail hair to create a product that's "confusingly similar" to the real thing.

Tennant says the imitation horn will most likely lower the price of the real deal instead of putting an end to the illegal market.

Personally, I don't think it's a good idea.

Mark Tennant, Wildlife specialist and conservationist

You're not going to just stop the Chinese from using rhino horn because they've been doing it for thousands and thousands of years.

Mark Tennant, Wildlife specialist and conservationist

Listen to the conversation on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Skepticism over new 'fake rhino horn' and its intended effects


11 November 2019 6:18 PM
Tags:
Rhino Poaching
Science
Conservation
Wildlife
black market
fake rhino horn

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