• All five of the world’s rhino species have been brought to the brink of extinction by man’s demand for their horns.
  • Their horns have been admired for centuries because of their beautiful appearance when carved and polished, and also for their so-called healing properties.
  • In Yemen in the Middle East, rhino horns are in demand as they are used for making beautiful hand carved handles of daggers called “jambiya”. These daggers are presented to Yemeni boys at the age of 12 years as a sign of manhood. They are prized possessions and Yemeni men will pay high prices for such daggers which also often have jewels inlaid in them.
  • A bigger problem is the use of rhino horns for traditional medicine in many Asian countries, but specifically in Malaysia, South Korea, India, China and Vietnam.
  • The horns are ground up into powder and used to “cure” many ailments such as fevers, rheumatism, gout etc. The horns were also said to cure snakebites, hallucinations, headaches, vomiting, food poisoning among others.

Source: http://www.savingrhinos.org/rhino_campaign_1.html

  • Rhino horns are made of keratin all the way through.
  • This is the same substance human fingernails and hair are made of!
  • Rhino horns are similar in structure to horses’ hooves and turtle beaks.
  • They are not, as was once thought, tufts of hardened hair growing together to form a horn.
  • Scientific studies have also shown that the middle of the horn contains calcium and melanin.
  • There is NO PROOF that any part of a rhino horn is or can be beneficial to one’s heath or that it can cure any illnesses.
  • One might as well chew your fingernails – it will have the same result!