Vietnamese traditional healers against rhino poaching

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Rhino and Hippo Date Night Part 1

1 January 2013

NEWS FLASH: This lonely male rhino at Moholoholo has been sold to another preserve to meet girl rhinos and make babies. Now he won’t have to try and hook up with the uncooperative hippos! There’s kissing, horn rubbing, tusk displays, gentle biting, back rubs, rolling around, pushing, shoving, and even mounting during their encounter that lasted over 35 minutes. “Date night” seemed to sum it up best. There’s also a couple more minutes of video before it gets dark in Part 2. You won’t want to miss it.

This video is Part 2.

From Times LIVE in South Africa:

Vietnam says no to use of rhino horn

Pericles Anetos

15 May, 2014 16:33

Vietnam‘s Ministry of Health and the Traditional Medicine Association have agreed to say no to “No” to the use of rhino horn and other endangered species.

The agreement arose during a workshop in the capital Hanoi.

The workshop was attended by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and WWF Vietnam, and was funded by WWF South Africa.

During the workshop the president of the Cancer Association of Vietnam spoke to the gathered delegates from the Ministry and the Traditional Medicine Association, his presentation emphasised the lack of evidence supporting the idea that rhino horn could cure cancer.

Manager of the Rhino Programme and the Biodiversity Unit at WWF SA, Dr Jo Shaw said that it was encouraging to see the way the initiative had been received in Vietnam and is now looking forward to seeing the agreements being enacted.

“Meeting participants, including the Traditional medicine association showed unanimous acknowledgement that there is no evidence to support the myth that rhino horn can cure cancer, which is a significant step.” Shaw said.

The next step for the project is to identify the best way to communicate this message to people using rhino horn for medical purposes throughout Vietnam.

According to the WWF SA more than 2,000 rhino horns are entered [into the] global market last year.

See also here.

And here.

Vietnam to Ban Cruel Eye Tests on Rabbits: here.

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10 thoughts on “Vietnamese traditional healers against rhino poaching

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