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Vietnamese wonam drinking rhino horn. Many people believe that rhino horn protects them from hangovers and allows them to drink more alcohol

Many people believe that rhino horn protects them from hangovers and allows them to drink more alcohol

The demand for rhino horn is being driven by the growing Asian middle class. Many believe the centuries-old myth that it cures a multitude of ailments, even though it is merely keratin – the constituent of hair, fingernails and toenails. This wealthy Vietnamese woman is a typical consumer. She has bought the horn from the dealer sitting next to her and is grinding it for personal consumption in full public view in a roadside café.

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Some entrepreneurs claim that harvesting rhino horn without killing the animal - like wool from sheep - can end poaching and the illegal horn trade.

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