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Message Number: 388 - Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:06:49 CST
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Name:  Kyrus Bronson
State: :  059
Country:  KBS7809
Email:  kyrusbronson@gmail.com
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The most wanted animal in the world Rhino.Why ? Rhino horn is the most lucrative business.The reality behind the demand is far more complex. Historically rhino populations were decimated by uncontrolled trophy hunting during the European colonial era. These days the main threat to the surviving rhinos comes from the illegal rhino horn trade between Africa and Asia. Certain buyers in Vietnam and China—the largest and second-largest black market destinations respectively—covet rhino horn products for different reasons. Some purchase horn chunks or powder for traditional medicinal purposes, to ingest or to give others as an impressive gift. Wealthy buyers bid for antique rhino horn carvings such as cups or figurines to display or as investments.


A modern market for rhino horn necklaces, bracelets and beads has also sprung up.It is believe that it cure impotence and enhance sexual performance.This example stands out because it is rare, however. Overall, conservationists say there is no sweeping aphrodisiac craze driving lust for rhino horn. “I would never say that (aphrodisiac) is never a use, because I’m sure people buy into the myth,” says Leigh Henry, senior policy advisor on species conservation and advocacy at the WWF. "But it’s not the widespread demand driving the rhino horn trade.

”The Vietnamese black market exemplifies how “urban myth and dubious hype” can encourage demand for rhino horn products—as both medicinal and status-boosting luxury products—the TRAFFIC report says. Black market dealers have also pushed the idea—supposedly sparked by local media gossip—that rhino horn can cure cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Popular Vietnamese Web sites mix unproved medical claims with luxury sales pitches. Slogans compare rhino horn with “a luxury car,” tout its ability to “improve concentration and cure hangovers,” and trumpet “rhino horn with wine is the alcoholic drink of millionaires.”


To be clear, rhino horn has historically been used as a traditional medicinal ingredient in countries such as China and Vietnam. But experts say neither Chinese nor Vietnamese traditional medicine ever viewed rhino horn as an aphrodisiac to boost flagging libidos. Eric Dinerstein, who served as the chief scientist at the WWF for 25 years, summed up the issue in his 2003 book, The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros. “In fact, traditional Chinese medicine never has used rhinoceros horn as an aphrodisiac: This is a myth of the Western media and in some parts of Asia is viewed as a kind of anti-Chinese hysteria.


Unsurprisingly, there is no scientific evidence to support the idea of rhino horn having aphrodisiac powers. Rhino horn is primarily made of keratin, the protein that also makes up hair and nails. Raj Amin, an ecologist at the Zoological Society of London who studied the biochemical signature of rhino horn, commented in a 2010 episode of the PBS program Nature that you might as well chew your own fingernails for equivalent medicinal value.The nature of the black market makes it tough to gauge whether the traditional medicine or luxury goods market is “in the driver's seat” when it comes to demand for rhino horn, Kennaugh says, adding “most experts” she knows agree the luxury good market is likely the place that will experience growth regardless of the price of rhino horn—or the size of global rhino populations.But the market value of one kilogram is said to be USD 100,000 and a kilogram of rhino horn now goes for $60,000 on the black market, whereas that much gold is currently worth a bit over $40,600. That's $1610 an ounce for the rhino horn more than the price of platinum.


However reality rarely follows economists’ simplistic supply and demand models. I predict that, on the contrary, the impact of this sale will be an explosion in demand, driven by the opening up of new markets in Asia for ‘sustainably sourced’ rhino horn. Rising demand and the expectation of a corresponding rise in price of horn will lead to a massive explosion of rhino poaching, extinguishing populations in most countries.It is time for a new global convention to be adopted in which a red line is drawn firmly around certain species, including whales, elephants, great apes and rhinos, among others. ‘Sustainable use’ of these species is an illusion and the risk of losing them is too great to accept. The world will simply be too poor without them.

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Message Number: 387 - Private Message

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Message Number: 386 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 14:19:44 CST
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Name:  Creel Morgan (Huste')
State: :  Arkansas
Country:  United States
Email:  sawnhaf@gmail.com
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We have recently moved back to Arkansas, and I used to have many friends in the Manataka, from when I did "Around the Council Fire" on KABF, and drummed for one of y'all's gatherings; just wanted to touch base...

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Message Number: 384 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:47:12 CST
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Name:  Iga Amal Czarnawska-Iliev
State: :  Hertfordshire
Country:  United Kingdom
Email:  iga.czar@gmail.com
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Hello,

I stumbled across your website searching for information on scalping and wanted to thank you for a very informative article.

Also I wanted to send some warm thoughts your way and let you know that where I come from, which is Poland, Native Americans are held in very high regard. It is partly due to the writings of Sat Okh, but also due to the fact that my nation empathises deeply with anyone oppressed, fighting for their freedom, having their lands stolen by foreign powers, who has to manage through physical suffering and tough political climate to preserve the national spirit and the spiritual values that go with it. In any children's cartoons or tales of "cowboys-versus-Indians" that I saw as a child in Poland, the cowboy was always the BULLY! When I lived in the USA I was shocked to see just how little knowledge about who the lands belonged to first - and recognition of the history - was out there.

I wish all the creators of this website and everyone it represents many years in health and peace -

best,

Iga

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Message Number: 383 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:01:16 CST
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Name:  Brian Figueroa
State: :  Pennsylvania
Country:  Estados Unidos
Email:  brian.figueroa33615@hotmail.com
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May the Great Spirit bless and protect you all, May the Great Spirit fill you my elder's with lot's of wisdom so you can teach and lead us as a people in the right direction in life's journey which is not an easy one.

My Elders,

Thank you.

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Message Number: 382 - Sunday, January 7, 2018 19:40:59 CST
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Name:  Alan J
State: :  DE
Country:  USA
Email:  professoralanjjoynes@gmail.com
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Thank you for a wonderful sight in my journey to finding my true identity!

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Message Number: 381 - Monday, January 1, 2018 17:00:19 CST
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Name:  Waymond Ray
State: :  Delaware
Country:  New Castle
Email:  waymond.ray@aol.com
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Peace and blessings!

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Message Number: 380 - Friday, December 1, 2017 13:41:19 CST
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Name:  Laurel Peterman
State: :  ca
Country:  usa
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Thank you for your gracious and unbiased sharing of native truth.

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