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Chinese Demand Drives Poaching of Helmeted Hornbills

China poaching Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigil

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#1 Tom Kellie

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 09:34 AM



~ This article from the U.K. Guardian explains how strong Chinese demand for the solid red beaks of Rhinoplax vigil, Helmeted Hornbill, is resulting in high levels of poaching.


Carvers in China use the red casques to carve decorative trinkets for wealthy consumers. Poachers kill both juvenile and adult hornbills, decimating populations of the slow-breeding species.



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 09:39 AM

greed and ignorance is making a mess of the world 


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 12:53 PM

You are so right Cosmic GREED and IGNORANCE are the words, but what to do about it. Punishment for greed must be equal to the crime, but ignorance is a harder issue, education is the obvious answer but that will take time and how much of that is there? The internet will help but it needs unrestricted access in the places where ignorance is rife.

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