rhino horn

Letters to the Editor, June 4, 2013

Rhino horns seized in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Very proud of collective memories

I was born and bred in Hong Kong and, like most people living all over the world, I have great affection for my home, its people and culture.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 1:58am 8 comments

Rhino horns poisoned to stop poaching gangs in South Africa

Rhinoceros rest in the Kruger National Park near Nelspruit, South Africa. Photo: AFP

A game reserve in South Africa has taken the radical step of poisoning rhino horns so that people risk becoming "seriously ill" if they consume them. A spokesman for the Sabi Sand reserve said a mix of parasiticides and indelible pink dye had been injected into more than 100 rhinos' horns during the past 18 months to combat international poaching syndicates.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:55am

Briefs, January 8, 2013

Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in Indonesia for trying to smuggle parts of endangered hornbills and pangolins, likely for use in traditional medicine. Customs officers at Jakarta's international airport found the animal parts in the men's luggage, the Forestry Ministry said. The hornbill and pangolin parts were from Indonesian Borneo, where poaching is poorly controlled and rampant deforestation has put pressure on several endangered species. 

8 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

US$1.4m of rhino horn seized in Thailand,Vietnam

Seized rhino horns are shown with alleged Vietnamese smuggler Pham Quang Loc during a news conference in Bangkok, on Sunday. Photo: AP

More than 27 kilos of Rhino horn worth an estimated US$1.4 million has been seized by airport officials in Thailand and Vietnam, official sources said on Monday.

A 56-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested on Sunday at Bangkok’s main airport after six pieces of horn, weighing about 10.6 kilos, were found in his luggage, authorities said.

7 Jan 2013 - 7:01pm

Briefs, December 11, 2012

Pakistani NGO activists hold photographs of Pakistan's child activist Malala Yousafzai during International Human Rights Day in Lahore. Photo: AFP

Vietnam and South Africa signed a deal Monday to tackle rhino poaching and the lucrative illicit trade in the creature's horns for use in traditional medicine.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:12am

Thai man pleads guilty to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa

Thai prostitutes were given about US$800 to fly to South Africa to stage fake hunts and pose next to rhinos killed by someone else.

A Thai man has pleaded guilty to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa, in a bizarre case in which prostitutes posed as big game hunters to conceal an international trafficking ring.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Thai man pleads guilty to South African rhino smuggling

A rhino in Africa. Thai man pleaded guilty on Monday to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa. Photo: AP

Chumlong Lemtongthai is likely to be jailed for more than 10 years under a plea deal that investigators said sealed one of the most important prosecutions in their fight to protect rhinos, whose horns are worth more than gold in parts of Southeast Asia.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:15pm