Amid global alert over coronavirus, now a bigger threat looms large over the
rhino population of the world and especially of Assam.
Illegal wildlife traders are cashing in on fears over the coronavirus
outbreak by selling fake medicines containing rhino horn and other
endangered species parts, reports stated quoting an investigation.
Sellers in China and Laos are advertising a Chinese medicine product called
Angong Niuhuang Wan on WeChat, a messaging and social media app, according
to the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
The ‘cure’ on offer – images of which were posted with adverts – appears to
have been produced in North Korea and, unlike the Chinese version, states
that the ingredients include rhino horn and musk, the EIA was quoted as
Rhinos are critically endangered after steady declines in the global
population since the start of the 20th century. Hundreds are killed each
year, nearly all poached for their horn for Asian markets.
Buyers wrongly believe it has medicinal value, although it is made of the
same material as human nails and hair.
Environmentalists back in north-eastern India fear this may have an adverse
effect on the rhino population in the national parks of Assam.
Kaziranga and the other national parks are home for the largest population
of the famed one-horned rhinos.
These are already vulnerable falling prey to poachers every year.
Now that such claims are doing the rounds, the risk of poaching rhinos in
these national parks of Assam, particularly Kaziranga have increased