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Global Advocates Warn Against Unintended Consequences of Synthetic Rhino Horn Trade

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STRASBURG, Va., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A San Francisco company, Pembient, recently announced it will soon release two products made with synthetic rhino horn: beer in China and skin cream in Vietnam. In response to the emerging industry, two leading rhino conservation organizations vehemently oppose the manufacture, marketing and sale of synthetic rhino horn.

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and Save the Rhino International (SRI) released a joint statement calling synthetic rhino horn trade ineffective at reducing the rising demand and sale of authentic rhino horn in Vietnam and China and, instead, potentially counterproductive in curbing the current poaching crisis that threatens rhino species with extinction.

“Synthetic horn could lead to more poaching because it increases demand for ‘the real thing,'” said Susie Ellis, executive director of IRF. “Production of synthetic horn encourages…

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