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Old 09-09-2019, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by kirkrapine View Post
One reason rhinos are hunted is that some people -- Chinese, in particular -- believe powdered rhino horn is an effective aphrodisiac, for reasons that should not require, and cannot survive, much thought.

Of course, rhino horn is nothing but compressed hair, and there are much cheaper, and clinically tested, erectile dysfunction drugs on the market.

OTOH, it's hard to arouse public sympathy for an endangered species so ugly and nasty and ill-tempered as the rhino. I once saw a performing hippo at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, but a rhino would have been out of the question.
By far the largest market for rhino horns for traditional medicine is Vietnam. Another market is newly wealthy citizens of Yemen and Oman who want high status rhino horn handles for their traditional daggers.