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article image6 Rare Rhinos Killed in India

By wiccania     Apr 19, 2007 in Environment
Poachers have killed 6 rare one-horned rhinoceros in India.
Poaching is on the rise in India. In the past 4 months, 6 rare one-horned rhinoceros have been killed by poachers. In 2006, only 5 were killed by poachers and 7 were killed in 2005.
Two of the animals were killed in the past week inside the famed Kaziranga National Park, a 166-square mile habitat, said M.C. Malakar, Assam state's chief wildlife warden.
Rhino horn is especially prized in Southeast Asia, where it's believed to be very effective in aphrodisiacs and other traditional medicines.
Conservation efforts have led to a rise in the rhino population and they are now found even on the periphery of the park, making them easier targets for poachers, Malakar said.
According to the last census, taken just over a year ago, there was an estimated population of 3000 worldwide with over 1800 in Kaziranga.
Stories like this really tick me off. It shows how little respect so many people have for the world we live in, and how much power money has gained over people.
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