Nov 1, 2014 5:45 AM

2 Vietnamese arrested in South Africa on poaching

The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South African police say they have arrested two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns as part of an anti-poaching operation.

Police said in a statement Saturday that the suspects were detained Friday night while in transit at Johannesburg's main international airport. Authorities say the men had left Mozambique and were on their way to Vietnam, and that their bags contained 41 kilograms (90 pounds) of rhino horn, which would be worth a fortune on the illegal market.

Police say they believe the horns came from rhinoceros in South Africa, which is struggling to stop a surge in rhino poaching.

Some consumers in Vietnam and China view rhino horn as a status symbol and a healing agent, despite a lack of evidence that it can cure.


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