TITLE

Gangster's Paradise: how poaching is fuelling crime in the UK

AUTHOR(S)
Taylor, Anna
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Ecologist;Jun2012, Vol. 2012 Issue 36, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the practice of poaching rhinoceroses for their horns and the drastic increase in the price of the horns on the black market due to alleged beliefs in their medical ability to treat fevers, rheumatism, and cancer. Topics include the increased number of rhinoceroses killed in South Africa in 2011, burglaries of rhinoceros horns from museums and auctions in Great Britain by organized criminal gangs, and the use of DNA profiling to keep a record of museum specimens, allowing stolen items to be tracked and black market supply chains to be identified.
ACCESSION #
76563508

 

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