Chinese man caught smuggling five rhino horns is jailed by Dutch court

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A Dutch court has sentenced a Chinese man to a year in jail for smuggling five horns and four other horn objects worth about €500,000 ($613,000) in his luggage.

The man was caught by customs officials at Schiphol airport in December as he traveled through Amsterdam on his way from South Africa to the Chinese city of Shanghai.

It recalled that trading in is banned under the CITES convention prohibiting sales of protected animals and plants.

The last two northern females near their enclosure in Kenya. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

South Africa is battling a scourge of rhino fuelled by insatiable demand for their horn in Asia. The country’s ministry of environmental affairs said earlier this year that 1,028 rhinos were slaughtered in 2017.

In the last eight years alone, roughly a quarter of the world population of rhinos has been killed in South Africa, home to 80% of the remaining animals.

Most of the demand comes from China and Vietnam, where the horn is coveted as a , an aphrodisiac or as a status symbol.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 07 Apr 2018.


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Alan Braganza
Alan Braganza

Incredible as the truth about hardwired traditions are, the mythological curative in rhino horn has decimated rhinos everywhere and this obsessive belief continues and will continue unless on several levels and perspectives, the trade is halted. First, stopping the thinking about rhino horn as a curative needs to initiate in the countries that traditionally use the horn, as well as globally, where Chinese traditional medicine is practiced. Second, the intermediaries all across the trade routes need to be under surveillance and intercepted to stop the practice of profiting from animal parts. Getting local inhabitants to value their rhinos as living… Read more »


China has incited alot of these illicit acts as a result of the medicinal value of the body parts of some of these wild life animals, as they believed. These acts are taking away our wild animals and altering the natural balance of life. This punishment will therefore serve as an example to others.