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Africa’s rhinos face new poaching threat with traditional Chinese medicine touting horn as coronavirus cure

Rhino horn being touted as curative is nothing new. For more than 2,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has enlisted the sub­stance as a cure-all, recommended for every­thing from gout to fever and even cancer. And Africa has long been the place to procure it.But buckling under global pressure, in 1993, the Chinese government banned the domestic trade and medicinal use of rhino horn. The scientifically innocuous ingredient was largely replaced with buffalo horn, but demand continued…

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