Bri­tain is to ask China, Viet­nam and other Asian coun­tries to tell their cit­i­zens that rhino horn has no medic­i­nal value,

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in an at­tempt to halt a wave of rhino poach­ing that may drive the endangered an­i­mals to ex­tinc­tion. Although long used in tra­di­tional Asian medicine, a re­cent be­lief in its power to cure can­cer has seen prices for rhino horn surge to close to $100,000 a kilo­gram. It has sparked a spate of mu­seum bur­glar­ies in Europe tar­get­ing old mounted rhino tro­phy heads. But, more sig­nif­i­cantly, it has di­rectly pro­duced a sub­stan­tial surge in rhino poach­ing on south­ern Africa in pop­u­la­tions which are al­ready crit­i­cally endangered.

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