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Assam News : Threat to one-horned rhinos as fake coronavirus medicine doing rounds

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In the midst of global warning over coronavirus, the world's rhino population and particularly Assam are now facing a greater threat. Illegal wildlife dealers cash in on concerns about the coronavirus outbreak by selling fake medicines containing rhino horn and other endangered parts of the species, reports citing an investigation said.

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–photos of which have been shared with ads –appears to have been manufactured in North Korea and, unlike the Chinese version, the EIA has been quoted as saying that the ingredients include rhino horns and musk.

Rhinos have been critically endangered since the beginning of the 20th century, following gradual declines in the global population. Every year hundreds are killed, almost all poached to Asian markets for their heads.

Buyers mistakenly believe that it has medicinal value although it is made from the same substance as human nails and hair.

Environmentalists back in north-east India fear that this may adversely affect the rhino population in Assam National Parks.

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 manifold.

Updated by: News Sources 2020-02-20 10:42 AM



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