Question: Why are rhinoceros being killed?

Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. The major demand for rhino horn is in Asia, where it is used in ornamental carvings and traditional medicine. Rhino horn is touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer, and impotence. Truly, rhino horn is as effective at curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails.

What is causing rhinos to be endangered?

Illegal Wildlife Trade. This situation has exacerbated threats such as trade in rhino horn and increased poaching due to poverty. Today, black rhinos remain critically endangered because of rising demand for rhino horn, from some Asian consumers, particularly in Vietnam and China, who use them in folk remedies.

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