Shock as over 100kg of rhino horn from Kenya seized in Vietnam

Shock as over 100kg of rhino horn from Kenya seized in Vietnam

Over 100 kilograms of rhino horn from Kenya was on Tuesday, March 14 seized at a Vietnam airport, Yahoo News reports.

The haul, ferried on a flight from Nairobi to the Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, was crammed in two suitcases weighing 57 and 61 kilograms.

The Assian country is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation’s growing middle class.

The discovery is a slap in the face to the government’s stepped up fight against the illegal ivory trade even as President Uhuru Kenyatta burned over 100 tonnes of elephant and rhino ivory valued at $105 million last year.

READ ALSO: 90 per cent of seized ivory comes from recently-poached animals, new report reveals

President Daniel Moi setting fire to ivory in 1989 (Photo: BBC)

A single kilogram of rhino horn can fetch up to $60,000 on the local Vietnamese market, according to reports.

Unfortunately trying to convince the Chinese, Vietnamese and Thais that rhino horn powder is not ‘viagra’ but only dead cells is quite an uphill task!

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