'Rhino horn trade run by organized crime syndicats'
The number of rhinos being hunted for their horns in South Africa rose from 13 in 2007 to 448 last year. A new film highlighting the issue premiered this week at the Rio+20 summit. It is the work of the United Nations TV (UNTV) and the Geneva-based Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They want countries to act to stop the trade of the horn which is used widely in China and Vietnam. WRS’s Dave Goodman asks Ben Janse Van Rensburg, Chief of Enforcement Support at CITES, why this particular problem is getting worse: