Magic powder

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Rhino horn, ground into powder, is in strong demand in Vietnam.

Rhino horn powder mixed in drink. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com) Rhino horn powder mixed in drink. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com)

It is believed to be a cancer cure and an aphrodisiac for men. Businessmen buy it as a “tribute” to bribe their superiors and “lubricate” business affairs.

Grinding rhino horn to power. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com) Grinding rhino horn to power. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com)

Openly advertised in the streets of downtown Hanoi it can be purchased at shops selling traditional medicines at prices approaching $70,000 per kg.

Vietnam. Ad for rhino horn grinding plates. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com) Vietnam. Ad for rhino horn grinding plates. (Photo: Justinmott.Photoshelter.com)

70 % of rhino horn specimens in Vietnam are fake.

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