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South Africa mulls new trophy hunt rules to fight rhino poaching

South Africa may impose new limits on trophy hunts as it combats a devastating surge in rhino poaching, with 150 killed illegally so far this year, the environment ministry said Thursday. Big game hunters are allowed to kill a limited number of rhinos every year, with their horns exported as…

Seven arrested in U.S. crackdown on rhino trade

NEW YORK — US officials announced Thursday the arrest of seven people in a crackdown on the illegal global trade in endangered black rhinoceros horns. Arrests were made across the country over recent days in “Operation Crash,” which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, the US Department of Justice said in…

Hong Kong seizes record haul of rhino horns

Hong Kong Customs officers have seized a record haul of 33 rhino horns along with ivory chopsticks and bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from South Africa, officials said on Tuesday. Officers found the horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets in a haul worth a total…

Burglars hunt down rhinos in museums

It was a daring daytime robbery at the natural science museum. The two thieves snuck into the rhino gallery and ripped a stuffed head off the wall. They carried it to a restroom, opened a window, and dropped the 30-kilo (66-pound) trophy two stories down to an accomplice waiting in…

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