In 2011, TIME magazine reported China had plans to establish a breeding colony of black and white rhinos, with the sole intention of harvesting their horn.
Their investigation found that a Chinese arms company – the Hawk Group – had imported 60 rhino from South Africa to a park called Africa View in the Hainan Province of China. (This was a year AFTER China assured CITES they had no intention of farming rhinos.)
Previously, in 2009, a TRAFFIC report showed that South Africa and Zimbabwe had exported 141 live Rhinoceros to China over the previous nine years.
The “park” Africa View was touted as an African safari themed park. However, when a reporter visited in 2008 he found “No animals were in evidence, save 60 or so rhinos living in rows of concrete pens.”(which he photographed)
The Sanya City Center is one of the prime farm locations. This area is also known to farm sea horses, bears, tigers, and deer.
But they are not alone, as the Hangzhou Wild Animal World in eastern China, has stated they have branched into pharmaceuticals and are involved in the manufacturing of traditional medicines. (the Hub)
It is this-the farming of keratin, essentially the same as “farming” humans for their fingernails, which truly makes a logical, educated person shake their heads and wonder what the world has come to.