Rhino horn and organized crime, from Africa to China and Vietnam
Separately, Kaiser interviewed Nicole Elizabeth Barnes of Duke University, an expert on Chinese medicine. Nicole, John, and Shi Yi all discussed China’s role in the illegal rhino horn trade, debunking myths about its use as an aphrodisiac and explaining how upper-class and status-conscious Chinese and Vietnamese are fueling demand for this and other rare natural products.
All three recommend that listeners support WildAid, one of the foremost organizations campaigning against the poaching of elephants and black rhinos. John also recommends supporting Oxpeckers, an African environmental investigative reporting unit that supports his work in Namibia. Nicole further recommends supporting the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy, as well as marking World Rhino Day, September 22, on your calendar to raise awareness of the work that CITES and TRAFFIC do to monitor and crack down on illegal wildlife trade.