Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise to feed demand from Asian medicinal markets, a study by conservationists says. It suggests that a decline in law enforcement is the main reason for the rise in Africa, with 95% of rhino poaching since 2006 happening in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The bit about South Africa is really bad news, as the country is best equipped to stop this carnage. The BBC says the report was compiled by Traffic, a global wildlife trade monitoring network, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with funding from WWF International. It also says that poachers are now using veterinary drugs to kill their prey. If this has anything to do with increased Chinese investment in Africa, then governments need to do something about it. Read more: BBC, National Geographic
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