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Martin, E.B., 1993. Rhino poaching in Namibia from 1980 to 1990 and the illegal trade in the horn. Pachyderm 17: 39-51, figs. 1-5, tables 1-5

Location: World
Subject: Management
Species: All Rhino Species

Original text on this topic:
Another strategy for lowering demand is to encourage further the use of substitutes such as saiga antelope horn. An new study, carried out by three scientists from the Department of Biology and the Chinese Medicinal Material Research Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, shows that both rhino horn and saiga antelope horn equally cause 'a significant drop in fever when given in large doses to rats. The study also shows that water buffalo horn and cattle horn can lower fever as well'. This research paper was only published in the latter half of 1990 and should now be translated into the Chinese and Korean languages and widely distributed to doctors, pharmacists, and government officials involved in stopping the rhino horn trade. From the conservation point of view, the most important conclusion of this scientific study, which needs to be emphasized, is not that rhino horn has been proved to reduce fever, but that saiga antelope horn, already widely used for medicine in Asia, is just as effective as rhino horn, and, being far cheaper and far more common, it should be used instead of rhino horn. There is thus no longer any rational reason why rhino horn should be sold as an anti-pyretic.

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