OK, even if their reasons for denial are all true, then why this: "Vietnam snubs SA on key rhino poaching agreement" - Vietnam has failed to sign a law-enforcement and biodiversity agreement with South Africa aimed at curbing escalating levels of rhino poaching - Mail & Guardian Online (2012/10/18)
Meanwhile, in terms of medical use of the rhino horn:
Rhino horn use: Fact vs. fiction - according to the 16th century Chinese pharmacist Li Shi-chen, rhino horns could cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning etc. - PBS
Elephants dying in epic frenzy as ivory fuels wars and profits - scientists and the Congolese authorities now believe that the Ugandan military – one of the Pentagon's closest partners in Africa – killed the 22 elephants from a helicopter and spirited away more than a million dollars' worth of ivory - New York Times (2012/09/03)
The slaughter of elephants in Vietnam is nearly complete - elephants are facing extinction in Vietnam; venturing out of a "protected" forest, a herd of 15 elephants (with its only male elephant recently killed) in southern Vietnam will soon be wiped out as they tore through cornfields, sweet potato patches and sugar cane fields and scared the farmers - New York Times (2012/09/06)
Vietnam's elephants almost gone (video) - Vietnam's remaining elephants – only numbering 150, according to some estimates – were in danger of becoming extinct; in 1990, there were about 1,500 to 2,000 elephants - Care2 make a difference (2012/09/12)
"Blood Ivory" in the Philippines - Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz calls for a stop to the use of elephant tusks for religious images "because it is contrary to the signs of the times" - National Geographic (2012/09/26)
Vietnam's elephants face threats from near and far - As consumers in China are acquiring more wealth, and increasingly spending that wealth, the demand for ivory is basically increasing: CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (see www.cites.org) - VOA Cambodia (2012/12/07)
Poaching crisis could exterminate elephant and rhino - sophisticated poaching techniques and equipment, involving the use of choppers and precision weaponry by highly organised poachers, have erased all semblance of protection for these relic species almost overnight - Wildlife Direct (2011/07/06)
Philippines seizes smuggled rhino horns - the seized horns would have commanded 47 million pesos ($1.13 million) on the black market; officials believe they were intended for transshipment - Mother Nature Network (2012/09/10)
... is different from desire: "US mum breastfeeds dog to 'feel complete and motherly'..." - mom who couldn't breastfeed her children due to a breast condition breastfeed her dog to fulfill her maternal desire - Indian Express (2012/10/19)
- they are both peaceful acts of kindness and deserve to be told
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